Catching carbon to clear the skies
Experiences and highlights of the Dutch R&D programme on CCS. Energy policy is a high priority area for the government of the
Netherlands. It is our ambition for 2020 to be one of the most
sustainable and efficient energy economies of Europe. This will require
an annual increase in efficiency of 2%, a share of 20% in renewable
energy sources and 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2000 a number of Dutch researchers, companies and environmental organisations decided to join forces. The result was a public-private partnership: the CATO research programme. Together, they pursued a single goal: to find out whether the promises of capture and storage of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide will hold for the Netherlands.