Providing strategic advice on best practices, regulations, and standards for CCS—including development of national and international strategies for deployment—consistent with environmental and social integrity.
Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) is the process by which carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and other industrial facilities are captured and stored underground. The process is currently being demonstrated worldwide at commercial scales, but without more experience, the role of CCS in meeting future climate goals will remain uncertain—especially in emerging economies. Without supportive policies and engaged local communities, CCS technologies will be unable to assume a central role in climate change mitigation.
WRI’s work on CCS has been prefaced by five guiding principles. CCS should not be deployed unless we can:
Protect human health and safety
Protect underground sources of drinking water and other natural resources
Ensure market confidence in emissions reduction through greenhouse gas accounting
Facilitate cost-effective, timely deployment
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