PANEL OF EXPERTS ON CO2 GEOLOGICAL STORAGE
Coordinator: Kris Piessens (Belgium), Kris.Piessens@naturalsciences.be
Experts: Kris Welkenhuysen (Belgium), Nuno da Silva (Belgium), Gyorgy Falus (Hungary), Deirdre Lewis (Ireland), Nick O’Neill (Ireland), Federico Spagnoli (Italy), Henk J.M Pagnier (Netherlands), Juan Alonso Aparte (Spain), Ilka von Dalwigk (Sweden), Nicholas J. Riley (UK)
Following the increasing activities in the field of CCS, it is necessary to strengthen EFG’s expert group. We therefore call upon EFG members that are actively working on CCS, or planning to extend their activities to this field. Please contact the EFG Office to become involved as CCS expert, firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the PE CO2 Geological Storage is closely aligned with the principal objectives of the European Federation of Geologists, which are representing, safeguarding and promoting the geological profession, promoting best practices and responsible use of resources, and establishing policies on environmental matters and sustainability. The current development of Carbon Capture and Storage makes these objectives highly relevant for the topic of CO2 storage.The success of CCS will largely depend on how reliably CO2 can and will be stored, justifying the dedicated mission of the PE CO2 Geological Storage: emphasizing the role of professional geologists and the importance of the geological perspective in the overall concept of carbon capture and storage.
This panel of experts has been created in October 2008. Before it was part of the ”Panel of Experts on Geothermal Energy and CO2 Sequestration”.
The PE on CO2 Geological Storage supports the European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP).
E-learning course - CO2 capture and geological storage:
The e-learning course covers the science, technology, and policy aspects of CO2 capture and storage (CCS). It provides in-depth understanding of the role of CCS in the climate change mitigation portfolio, the technical approaches on CO2 capture and transport, the science behind geological storage, site selection and risk evaluation, and the role of policy in establishing market and business opportunities for CCS. The course will be of interest to students, scientists, engineers, managers and policy makers working in the area of energy, and especially those involved in strategies for climate change mitigation.
· EFG supported the initiative with a new e-learning platform system.
MEETINGS4th electronic meeting, 11 July 2012
On 3 April 2012, following up on the first electronic meeting, a second meeting with the EFG PE on CO2 Geological Storage was conducted. 6 experts attended the meeting. During the meeting was updated the EGM 33 issue on “Carbon, capture and storage - potential in Europe and barriers to take up”, debriefing ZEP-TFT (European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants-Taskforce Technology) meeting.
22nd ZEP-TFT meeting, 20 March 2012.Brussels, Belgium,
The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences hosted this meeting in cooperation with the European Federation of Geologists. Around 30 participants, representing mainly the industry sector, but also different research institutes, attended the meeting. After a general balance on current ZEP TFT (European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants-Taskforce Technology) activities, the participants split up into four Working Groups (European Industries Initiative; Other industries; Storage Infrastructure; Capture R&D Plan) and debated on their mandates’ evolution and activities to be scheduled.
More information on the Zero Emissions Platform
1st electronic meeting
On 24 of February 2012 took place the first electronic meeting organized by the EFG PE on CCS Coordinator and EFG Office. 7 experts attended the meeting. During the meeting was discussed about the European Geologist Magazine, issue n°33 dedicated to carbon capture and storage. During the meeting was updated the activities from ZEP (European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants).
Was organised on 18 May 2010, new actions were proposed for the next year. These include:
EFG’s PE CO2 and ZEP TFT
The European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP) is the main advisory group for the EU on CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS). First contacts between EFG and ZEP were established on the EU-Sustainable Energy Week 2008, resulting in the joining of EFG as member of the Task Force Technology (TTech). TTech meets 3 to 4 times each year on different locations throughout Europe. This group alone counts over 70 members. Information on past meetings, members and published documents can be found on www.zero-emissionsplatform.eu/. TTech counts different subgroups that are dedicated to capture technologies, transport and storage. As the power sector is strongly represented in ZEP, mostly capture technologies relevant to this sector are discussed. Oil and gas companies, geological surveys, and EFG make sure that storage aspects are well considered.
PE CO2 was present at the following ZEP-TFT meetings:
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
Geological storage of carbon dioxide. The European Parliament Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI Committee) will consider the amendments to the draft report on the geological storage of carbon dioxide (Chris Davies, ALDE, United Kingdom). The objective of the proposal is to enable environmentally-safe capture and geological storage of carbon dioxide in the EU in such a way that carbon dioxide cannot contribute to global warming. It is proposed that carbon dioxide capture and storage will be regulated under Directive 96/61/EC (IPPC-Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) and that both carbon dioxide capture and pipeline transport will be regulated under Directive 85/337/EEC (EIA Environmental Impact Assessment). More information about the Directive on the geological storage of carbon dioxide:
Cropland management techniques for carbon storage. The Kyoto protocol of 1997 recognizes cropland management as a carbon sequestration strategy, which may help to mitigate climate change. Under the protocol, ratified by the EU in 2002, member states are obliged to reduce the sum of their emissions of greenhouse gases to 5 per cent below their 1990 levels. Appropriate cropland management may help member countries meet the overall EU emissions targets. More information:
Supporting early demonstration of sustainable power generation from fossil fuels.The European Parliament Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI Committee) will consider the draft opinion on supporting early demonstration of sustainable power generation from fossil fuels (Guyla Hegyi, PSE, Hungary). Complementing the Commission proposal for a Directive on Geological Storage of CO2 (CCS), the present Communication highlights the need to finance demonstration projects for CCS. Wide-scale application of CCS in power plants can be commercially feasible in 10-15 years, enabling CCS by 2020 or soon after to stand on its own feet in an Emissions Trading Scheme as an instrument for the elimination of CO2 emissions from fossil fuels in power generation. The draft opinion of MEP Hegyi includes a number of sceptical reflections on CCS and proposes to finance CCS research by the power sector and other users. More information on the communication:
EU considers industries exposed to 'carbon leakage'.The European Commission is drawing up a methodology to determine which industries could obtain free emission rights when the EU's carbon market is re-launched in 2013. Aluminium, steel, iron and cement producers are likely to benefit from exemptions. More information:
EU nears agreement on funding CO2 capture.The European Parliament is getting closer to secure funding for emerging technology to capture and store the carbon dioxide emissions of heavy-polluting coal-fired power plants, in an agreement that could bolster the EU's leadership in the fight against global warming. More information:
EUROPEAN PLATFORMS ON CO2 GEOLOGICAL STORAGE