Carbon Capture and Storage

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Statements and reports on Carbon Capture and Storage technologies, policies and applications

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is an emerging technological process of capturing and removing carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from large fossil fuel emission sources and transporting and storing it in a suitable geological formation. While carbon capture and storage has proven to be a technically viable and environmentally safe means of reducing global greenhouse gases, it presents signficant technological, environmental, and legislative challenges. Regulatory uncertainties and issues over the current commerical viability mean that large-scale application of carbon capture and storage technology is not envisaged to be operational in the short-term.

Below are links to statements and reports by a range of organisations and scientific bodies of national or international standing. Links to further reading can be found on the right hand side of this page.

UK Academies and learned societies

A joint-response by the Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry and Society of Biology (then Institute of Biology) on 'Carbon Capture and Storage'. The aim was to examine the role that the core sciences can play in ensuring the safe and successful deployment of CCS technologies in tackling climate change.

A joint-seminar report by the Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Academy of Engineering on 'Geoengineering: challenges and global impactsin 2009. 

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploitation and extraction, characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse. The institute was formed in 2002 through a merger of the Institute of Minerals and the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

The Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge, known simply as the Royal Society, is a learned society for science founded in 1660, and claims to be the oldest such society still in existance. 

UK Government

The UK Energy Research Centre provides briefing papers and reports on carbon capture and storage policy.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was created in October 2008 bringing together UK energy and climate change policies, and takes the policy lead in the UK in tackling energy and climate change issues.

The Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST) is the UK Government's in-house source of information on public policy issues relating to science and technology. In 2005 POST published a briefing paper on 'Carbon Capture and Storage'.

The House of Commons Library provides research, analysis and information services for Members of Parliament and their staff. The Library published a briefing paper in 2012 on 'Carbon capture and storage'. In 2010 the Library highlighted carbon capture and storage as one of the 'Key issues for the new Parliament'.