The ENGO Network launched its Perspectives on Carbon Capture and Storage at the United Nations’ climate talks in Doha, Qatar, calling for an acceptance of CCS.
Experts such as Lord Nicholas Stern and former International Energy Agency executive director Claude Mandil attended the launch in support of the report findings.
“Environmental groups play an important role when they promote information and advice that strengthen both global and national actions to tackle climate change,” Stern said.
“This report by the ENGO Network on CCS highlights the need to sharply reduce emissions from the use of fossil fuels and also offers significant support for the safe, effective and prompt deployment of carbon capture and storage technologies.
“I very much welcome this report, which provides sensible perspectives on the challenges and potential of carbon capture and storage.”
Mandil commended the ENGO Network for acknowledging CCS as an essential part of a suite of technologies, including renewables, needed to address the climate challenge.
“It is very encouraging that these major NGOs recognise CCS has an important role to play in mitigating greenhouse gases and that it must be included in climate change policies,” he said.
Global CCS Institute chief executive Brad Page said in a world facing a 40% increase in energy consumption between 2009 and 2035, it was incumbent upon governments and industry to consider all serious potential options for limiting the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.
“The ENGO Network has carefully and independently examined the latest available science and analysed real-life experiences to conclude that the planet’s future wellbeing depends, in part, on the further development and deployment of CCS,” Page said.
“Their acceptance of, and support for, CCS is a major step forward because it recognises that CCS is a safe, clean and effective technology for tackling climate change.
“This represents not just an opportunity – it highlights the obligation of governments to act now to accelerate the deployment of this technology.”