Connie Hedegaard: "Stringent safety standards for carbon capture and storage will promote investor confidence for commercial-scale projects"
The Commission has adopted the first Commission Opinion on a national draft permit for the permanent storage of carbon dioxide (CO2). Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is one of the key technologies needed for a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy. This first permit relates to an offshore storage project on the Dutch Continental Shelf.
The Opinion confirms the suitability of the chosen storage location for the permanent storage of CO2 as was demonstrated by a detailed characterisation and assessment of the storage site and complex.
Commissioner Hedegaard said: "In developing this technology, our primary concern is that human health and the environment are protected. With this opinion, the Commission ensures the safe geological storage. Stringent safety standards will promote investor confidence for commercial-scale projects".
The CCS Directive establishes a robust legal framework for the safe geological storage of CO2, putting in place high standards designed both to ensure safety and also to help Europe meet its targets in the fight against climate change. In order to facilitate a safe execution of these storage projects, the Directive also provides for the Commission to review draft permits that Member States intend to grant.