EC launches call for carbon capture network tender

11 September 2008 16:24  [Source: ICIS news]

PARIS (ICIS news)--The European Commission launched a call for tender on Thursday as part of its plans to demonstrate the use of Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) technology in power plants.


The Commission wanted to find an external service provider to help establish and run the network of demonstration projects, it added.


The deadline for submission of tenders was 6 October and the selection process should be completed by the beginning of 2009, said the Commission.


The chemical industry has managed in recent years to reduce energy usage and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through more efficient technologies.


However, means must be found in the coming years to further lower, store, or reuse the produced CO2 if emissions are to be slashed by 50% by 2050, a target climate scientists think necessary to stop global warming reaching dangerous levels.


Shell Chemicals is just one of several companies that said CCS could be part of the answer and appealed recently to the chemical sector to develop large-scale CCS systems as part of initiatives to fight climate change.


The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated that the use of CCS could account for 20% of the achievable global greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2050.

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By: Philippa Jones
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