in the Future of CCS with
A Time for Action on GHG Emissions
Coal,natural gas and oil will remain the world's dominant sources of energy over
the next several decades.As a result,carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will increase
to unsustainable levels if nothing is done.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has urged a quick and global push to
develop and deploy carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies to mitigate
greenhouse gas emissions.
"The window of opportunity is closing for the global community to cost-
effectively address climate change,"said Nobuo Tanaka,Executive Director of the
IEA,at the 2008 launch of the IEA report Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage: A Key
Carbon Abatement Option. "CCS technologies must play a key role,but first they
must be proven in the next decade."
Scientists estimate that carbon capture and storage can account for 19 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions that
are targeted to be eliminated by the year 2050.In other words,the amount of carbon dioxide eliminated during
that time period would be equal to today's entire global natural gas industry.
The potential of CCS is dependant upon the safe and effective implementation of CO2 geological storage projects.
Groups and partnerships around the world are conducting research into geological storage of CO2,with risk