The Pembina Institute's Perspective on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

This paper outlines the Pembina Institute's position on carbon capture and storage (CCS) as of February 2009.

The Pembina Institute views CCS as one of a number of technologies that can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the scale required to combat dangerous climate change. It is critical that CCS be considered as part of a portfolio of solutions, and that adequate attention also be paid to more sustainable, low-impact energy solutions, especially renewable energy and energy efficiency. The urgent need to deal with rising emissions compels consideration of CCS in Canada and elsewhere, but the costs of implementation are generally high, technical challenges remain for large scale implementation, and not all areas have suitable geology and sound regulation is needed to minimize environmental risk.