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Environmental Groups Announce CCS Network Dec. 7, 2011 (News Release) - Today nine of the world’s leading environmental advocacy organizations launch the ENGO Network on CCS (Environmental NGO Network on Carbon Capture and Sequestration). NGOs Issue Report on CCS in Europe (Edinburgh, Scotland) May 24, 2013 – European-based members of the ENGO Network on CCS published today “Moving CCS Forward in Europe,” a report examining the current status of this essential climate change mitigation technology in Europe, why policy efforts have stalled, and recommendations for improving momentum. “Moving CCS Forward in Europe,” a report examining the current status of this essential climate change mitigation technology in Europe, why policy efforts have stalled, and recommendations for improving momentum. “Perspectives on Carbon Capture and Storage,” a report reflecting current status of this critical mitigation technology in various geographic regions, and a call to action for increased international, governmental support. Eleventh Organisation Joins International Network (LONDON) Dec. 17, 2014 - Members of the international ENGO Network on CCS announce the addition of London-based Sandbag, the eleventh nongovernmental organisation to join the Network created in 2011. Environmental NGOs Launch CCS Report at COP21 (PARIS) Dec. 8, 2015 - CCS has made great strides, but government policies are urgently needed if this piece of the climate mitigation portfolio is to be deployed widely, according to a new report: "Closing the Gap on Climate: Why CCS is a Vital Part of the Solution." Nearly one-fifth of U.S. Senate signs on to CCS legislation Oct. 10 - Carbon Capture Journal (INTL) A total of 19 U.S. Senators are now supporting the Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Act. The National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative (NEORI) and Coal Utilization Research Council (CURC) recognized an important milestone in growing support for carbon capture as a total of 19 U.S. Senators are now co-sponsoring the Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Act (S. 3179), introduced by Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), which aims to accelerate commercial deployment of technologies to capture carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and industrial facilities for enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) and other forms of geologic storage or for conversion to useful products. New facility to create safe carbon storage Oct. 10 - Carbon Capture Journal (AUSTRALIA) CO2CRC Limited and The University of Melbourne have opened new $7.56 million emissions reduction laboratories aimed at providing clean, efficient and cost-effective energy for Australia. Reducing the cost of implementing carbon capture and storage technologies will be the primary aim of the laboratories. The facility is funded by CO2CRC Limited and the Australian Government’s Education Investment Fund (EIF). Professor Geoff Stevens, a project leader with CO2CRC and in the Melbourne School of Engineering said the laboratories will enable the safe and cost-effective capture and deep geological storage of carbon dioxide from power generation and industrial processes. “Carbon capture and storage will provide 13 per-cent of global emissions reductions by 2050. It is the only technology that can be applied to energy intensive industries such as cement, steel, chemical and fertiliser production, and it can reduce emissions from fossil fuelled power generation by up to 98 percent. It is also one of the only technologies that has the potential to have negative emissions when combined with bio energy,” he said.
It’s a tall order for any new technology, but for a commercial carbon capture and storage (CCS) system, it might be the start of a revolution. The Petra Nova carbon capture system under construction at the W.A. Parish Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant southwest of Houston, is slated to go online before the end of the year.
Norway to research ways to capture carbon from industrial plants Sept. 30 - Reuters (NORWAY) Norway will research ways to capture carbon dioxide from industrial plants including a trash incinerator in Oslo as part of plans to slow global warming, the government said on Friday. It said it would invest 360 million Norwegian crowns ($45 million) in the 2017 budget to study how to capture carbon emitted by a cement factory, ammonia plant and rubbish incinerator. Until now, almost all efforts worldwide for capturing carbon dioxide, the main man-made greenhouse gas, have focused on the chimneys of coal-fired power plants rather than industrial processes. Carbon capture must be part of energy solution Sept. 26 - The Hill (USA) Thomas Edison’s struggle to invent the lightbulb is legendary; he reputedly tested 3,000 versions before patenting the familiar incandescent bulb in 1879...Despite government support for and wider adoption of energy efficiency and renewables, the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has continued to creep up, reaching 400 parts per million in 2015, a level not seen on earth in millions of years...Energy efficiency and renewables can only take us so far. Another essential piece of the puzzle is carbon capture, which is already in use in 15 large-scale venues around the world. Those facilities, together with another seven under construction, have the capacity to annually prevent 40 million tons of CO2 from reaching the atmosphere.