Signs for carbon capture and storage moderately positive6 April 2011
The changing CCS landscape also has consequences for CATO. Although the long-term perspective for CCS may have improved, the feasibility and relevance of some CATO activities have to be reconsidered in light of the developments in the Netherlands.
When it comes to CCS the biggest opponents in Cancún, including Brasil, have put aside their objections - although at the last moment - and it seems now that CCS can be included in the Clean Development Mechanism. When we zoom in a little at Europe, the EU NER-300 subsidy program comes closer. Beginning of February national governments of EU member states have received proposals for CCS or renewable energy projects. After a first selection national governments will forward the plans they support to the European Commission before 9 May 2011. The fact that some Dutch parties participate in this tender is of great importance to CATO. It confirms the long term relevance that is attributed to CCS by the industry. Although the final budgets are not known yet, it seems that in the short term a new call for CCS research projects is on its way. In preparation to this new call proposals have been made recently by some twenty research consortia in areas that they consider relevant for further development of CCS. Also some parties involved in CATO have participated in the preparation of the proposals. These proposals are used by the EU as exemplary (‘lighthouse') projects in preparation of this new call.
Looking at the Netherlands we must conclude that within half a year all storage activities on land have fallen out of scope. Soon after the government took office in October 2010 the location Barendrecht disappeared from the agenda. In the beginning of January storage in the North of the Netherlands has met the same fate. Offshore storage, though, is supported by this government. In light of the developments in the Netherlands the feasibility and relevance of some CATO activities have to be reconsidered. The statement of the CATO advisory board during the last review is promising: where concrete hurdles have to be taken with the implementation of CCS, the role of a research program like CATO only becomes more important.
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