Thank you to all who attended the 2nd Annual Brussels Carbon Capture and Storage Summit, which took place at the Sofitel Europe on the 26th January 2011. This high level conference brought together over 100 delegates from Industry, NGO's and the EU and Member State institutions for a full and interactive discussion on the development of CCS demonstration projects.
European Parliament, ALDE co-ordinator, Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Photos from the event are now available HERE
Following the negotiations in Cancun and as the effects of climate change become apparent, the need to develop low-carbon technologies to counter this global threat becomes ever more urgent. With CCS providing one of the most effective ways of reducing power plant emissions to almost zero, it is critical that the world succeeds in demonstrating this technology before it is too late.
A global race has thus ensued to achieve a set of demonstrable coal and gas fired power plants that are either retro-fitted or built with CCS. China, the USA, Australia and Canada are all working hard and are involved in numerous projects aimed at demonstrating the large scale viability of CCS, however comparatively, Europe appears to be falling behind.
Will such a loss of ground in comparison to the EU’s global competitors cost European jobs and undermine the EU’s efforts to achieve its own ambitious CO2 targets? What is the assessment of the new European Commission’s approach to CCS one year in and what are the key development goals going forward? Is the Emissions Trading Scheme functioning as a driver for low carbon technology and how can it be improved?
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural CCS summit, this year’s event will seek to identify and explore in detail what can be done to clarify and progress the demonstration of CCS, focusing particularly on the issue of finance and regulation, and will pose the question: will the technology be ready in Europe by 2020?
Please contact James Wilmott for more information on email@example.com or +44 (0) 2920 783 022.