September 30, 2010
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Pew Center on Global Climate Change Developing Framework to Quantify GHG Reductions from CCS
Carbon Capture and Storage Methodology to Highlight Best Practices
Washington, D.C. – The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has launched an initiative to develop a methodology to quantify greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. Many policymakers and other experts have identified CCS as a key technology to limiting emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Pew Center project aims to facilitate the deployment of CCS technologies and advance the discussion about the viability of capturing and safely and permanently storing carbon dioxide as an emissions reduction strategy.
The framework will have broad applicability and could support federal and state policy makers in developing meaningful plans to cut GHG emissions over time.
“Coal is abundant. Coal is cheap. And for the foreseeable future it is likely here to stay,” said Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. “Coal’s future will largely be tied to the future of carbon capture and storage, and our initiative aims to advance efforts to safely and effectively bring this technology to market.”
With this project, the Pew Center aims to produce a single resource to assist project developers account for and report GHG reductions from all three components of CCS projects: capture, transport, and storage. The methodology will serve as a best-practices guide to measure and monitor emissions reductions from CCS and will be applicable to multiple types of capture sites and carbon dioxide reservoir types.
The project intends to inform key CCS stakeholders, including companies involved in CCS project development, regulatory agencies, and environmental organizations. The measurement and monitoring methodologies are expected to be consistent with procedures from the EPA, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and other appropriate institutions and organizations.
The Pew Center expects to publish the methodology in early 2011 and is convening a work group of experts to provide input into developing the framework. This group includes representatives from business and industry, research and academic institutions, non-governmental environmental and business organizations, and other stakeholders groups.
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The Pew Center on Global Climate Change was established in May 1998 as a non-profit, non-partisan, and independent organization dedicated to providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. The Pew Center is led by Eileen Claussen, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.