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Assessing European capacity for geological storage of carbon dioxide

Assessing European capacity for geological storage of carbon dioxide

Objective

With the increase in EU member countries to 25 comes an increase in the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions Europe wide. Especially for Kyoto Protocol Annex 1 countries, whose challenge is to cut CO2 emissions by 8% by 2008-2012 and probably deeper cuts th ereafter. At the same time energy demand is rising and our reliance on fossil fuels is unlikely to diminish in the near to medium term. As a result the big challenge is to reduce CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide capture and geological stor age (CCS) could make huge cuts in CO2 emissions in the near to mid term. In order for CCS to be adopted on a large-scale assessment of the storage potential Europe wide is essential. The GeoCapacity project will focus on countries in eastern, central and s outhern Europe not previously covered in detail. This project will provide the data required for the Europe wide adoption of CCS. The project will focus on applying advanced evaluation techniques (GIS, DSS) and complementing the datasets by emission, inf rastructure and storage site mapping as well as undertaking economic evaluations. This will enable source-to-sink matching across Europe. Site selection criteria, standards and methodologies will be created and applied to the project. Locating potential CO 2 storage sites may be essential to the emergence of the hydrogen economy. Production of hydrogen will be heavily reliant on fossil fuels at least in its early development and will have to consider CO2 reduction strategies. GeoCapacities will also begin to build towards a framework for international cooperation especially with other CSLF countries beginning with China (possibly later with India and Russia). Focusing on technology transfer facilitating the countries to undertake similar studies, as these cou ntries perhaps face an even greater challenge to reduce CO2 emissions due to their rapidly growing energy demands. This project will be built on east - west and international cooperation.

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Coordinator

DANMARKS OG GROENLANDS GEOLOGISKE UNDERSOEGELSE

Address

Oster Voldgade 10
Copenhagen

Denmark

Administrative Contact

Lars Henrik NIELSEN (Mr)

Participants (25)

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BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE

Germany

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

CESKA GEOLOGICKA SLUZBA

Czechia

ECOFYS B.V.

Netherlands

ENDESA GENERACION SA

Spain

ENITECNOLOGIE S.P.A.

Italy

GEOINZENIRING D.O.O

Slovenia

GEOLOGIJOS IR GEOGRAFIJOS INSTITUTAS

Lithuania

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DU PETROLE

France

INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGY AND MINERAL EXPLORATION

Greece

INSTITUTO GEOLOGICO Y MINERO DE ESPANA

Spain

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

LATVIJAS VIDES, GEOLOGIJAS UN METEOROLOGIJAS AGENTURA

Latvia

MAGYAR ALLAMI EOTVOS LORAND GEOFIZIKAI INTEZET

Hungary

MINERAL AND ENERGY ECONOMY RESEARCH INSTITUTE - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Poland

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MARINE GEOLOGY AND GEO-ECOLOGY

Romania

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO

Netherlands

PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO BADAN GEOFIZYCZNYCH

Poland

SOFIISKI UNIVERSITET "SVETI KLIMENT OHRIDSKI"

Bulgaria

STATE GEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF DIONYZ STUR

Slovakia

SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU - RUDARSKO-GEOLOSKO-NAFTNI FAKULTET

Croatia

TALLINNA TEHNIKAULIKOOL GEOLOOGIA INSTITUUT

Estonia

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY

China

VATTENFALL UTVECKLING AB

Sweden

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 518318

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 464 349

  • EU contribution

    € 1 900 000

Coordinated by:

DANMARKS OG GROENLANDS GEOLOGISKE UNDERSOEGELSE

Denmark