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(Updated 29 Aug.) The date of the Environment Committee vote on the CO2 geological storage proposal has moved again. Earlier information indicating a switch from 25 September to 16 October was not confirmed by Parliament authorities. The latest information received is that a new date of 7 October (afternoon) is the most likely option. This… » read more

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Irish energy minister Eamon Ryan will launch a study of potential off-shore CO2 storage sites on 17 September. The work, based on existing data and also including Northern Ireland, will indentify a dozen geological sites that could be suitable. Sunday Times: Ireland locates offshore carbon storage sites.

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Four major UK environmental groups, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, RSPB and WWF, recently made a “Joint Statement on Coal and Carbon Capture & Storage” placing five key demands on the UK government: focus on renewables and energy efficiency; introduce greenhouse gas emissions standards; introduce emission standards for existing plants from 2020; keep a clear… » read more

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This EC press release, issued 23 July, is worth noting. The 16-July EFTA annoucement itself is here. In so far as I’m aware, this is the first state aid approval in EU & EEA for a CCS demonstration project (as opposed to pilot projects and other smaller-scale research activities). Next in the pipeline is the… » read more

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Holidays’ over; back to work. The ENVI secretariat has this week posted an ordered & numbered version of all MEP amendments to the CO2 Geological Storage (GS) proposal on the committee’s pages, available here at point 7. Other language versions will appear over the next days and weeks, ahead of the debate in committee on… » read more

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EP: Key vote delayed

SEE NEW POST ABOVE DATED 28 AUGUST. In Parliament, the Environment Committee’s planned vote on the draft law on CO2 geological storage has been postponed to 16 October. The vote, originally due to be taken in Strasbourg on 25 September, was postponed due to “scheduling difficulties”, according to well-placed sources. Planned lead-committee votes on the… » read more

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The European Commission is preparing its second Strategic Energy Review (SER-2), which is slated for completion by the end of this year. As part of this, an on-line public consultation was opened recently. SER-1 in 2007 led to the four main legislative proposals that are now being examined by Parliament and Council. The Commission’s conclusions… » read more

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CCS will be discussed in the European Parliament’s energy committee (ITRE) twice next Wednesday. In the morning, MEPs will discuss the Draft Report by Christian Ehler on funding early demonstration projects, while the Draft Opinion by Françoise Grossetête on the legislative proposal will be aired at the end of the afternoon. The so-far unpublished meeting… » read more

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