Carbon Capture and Storage
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) could capture an estimated 15 to 55 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Carbon capture and storage is gaining attention in Canada and internationally as a means of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial sources such as coal-fired power plants and oilsands operations. CCS refers to the capture of CO2 emissions from industrial sources and the long-term storage of these emissions in stable underground reservoirs. CCS helps combat global climate change by reducing the amount of GHGs released into the atmosphere.
Canadian federal and provincial governments have high expectations for CCS technology as a tool to reduce GHG emissions. However, key questions about CCS have yet to be resolved.
The Pembina Institute views CCS as one of a number of potentially effective technologies for reducing GHG emissions on the scale required to combat catastrophic climate change. It is also critical that CCS is seen as part of a portfolio of solutions and that we ensure adequate attention is also paid to more sustainable, low-impact solutions such as ramping up on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The urgent need to deal with Canada’s rising emissions (up 26 per cent since 1990) compels consideration of CCS, but it is not without environmental risks and barriers to implementation.
Carbon Capture and Storage Thought Leader Forum
On November 10, 2008, the Pembina Institute and the University of Calgary's Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economy (ISEEE) hosted a national, collaborative Carbon Capture and Storage Thought Leader Forum in Calgary, Alberta. The forum brought together the public and private sectors, academics, and experts from environmental non-governmental organizations to discuss and debate critical CCS policy questions.
Individual Conference Papers
- CCS Discussion Paper 1: Environmental and Economic Opportunities and Challenges
- CCS Discussion Paper 2: Legal Issues Associated with the Adoption of Commercial Scale CCS Projects
- CCS Discussion Paper 3: Canadian Public Views on CCS
- CCS Discussion Paper 4: CCS Online Survey Results
- CCS Policy Paper 1: Closing the Implementation Gap
- CCS Policy Paper 2: Closing the Liability Gap
Slide show presentations
- Morning Opinion Survey by Jacqueline Sharp
- Developing a CCS Blueprint for Alberta by Jim Carter, Alberta CCS Development Council
Forum proceedings are available.