Germans launch Easter protests against Berlin’s carbon capture plans

22 April 2011 19:54  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--German citizens’ initiatives are launching protests over the Easter holiday against planned carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, officials said on Friday.

The protesters said they are especially worried that CCS could jeopardise ground water supplies.

In one protest movement in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, groups are opposing plans for off-shore CCS projects in the North Sea

The protesters fear that the federal government in Berlin, which has offshore jurisdiction, could allow those projects, against opposition from the state government.

“The carbon dioxide [CO2] will not stop and respect our beaches,” if it should leak from offshore CCS projects, said Karl-Heinz Splisteser, spokesman for regional citizen’s initiative “Stoppt das CO2 Endlager.”

The protests come as Germany is poised to accelerate its exit from nuclear power generation following last month’s earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.

The country’s chemicals industry, along with other energy-intensive sectors, has called for more coal and gas-fired power plants to make up the shortfall - a move that implies more CO2 emissions, and the need to address the challenge of capturing and storing those emissions.

Meanwhile, a number of chemicals and industrial gases firms - including BASF, Linde, Air Liquide, and Nalco - have been working on carbon capture technologies.

For more on BASF, Linde and other producers visit ICIS company intelligence


By: Stefan Baumgarten
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