H.R. 1689, the Carbon Capture and Storage Early Deployment Act, introduced by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) in March 2009, is designed to accelerate the development and early deployment of carbon capture and storage technologies by providing a funding mechanism for commercial-scale demonstrations that is outside the traditional appropriations process.
This publication is a transcript of Jonathan Lash’s annual Environmental Stories to Watch address, which he gave on December 17th, 2008 at the Newseum. For the past six years, WRI has
invited members of the press to join in a conversation
about what we think will be the environmental stories to watch in the
This discussion paper describes the state of play in the international
negotiations at Poznan, Poland as Parties work
to ensure an agreement on technology and financial support
that enables mitigation in developing countries. It unpacks
and analyzes Parties’ submissions on the topic to the Ad
Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action
(AWG-LCA) under the Convention as of December 2008.
The analysis reveals some convergence and significant differences
in views. Resolving these differences will require
Parties to elaborate on their ideas, seek to understand the
needs that underlie each others’ positions, and work together
toward agreement on areas of common interest.
This paper focuses on what should be included in a new financial
agreement under the UNFCCC; more specifically it proposes
five specific components of a “new deal” to address technology
barriers in developing countries. The paper reflects on ideas on
technology and finance as put forth by countries in submissions
to the UNFCCC secretariat as summarized in UNFCCC 2008.
These submissions are summarized in a complementary WRI
discussion paper titled From Position to Agreement: Technology
and Finance at the UNFCCC (WRI 2008). We have also considered
two UNFCCC documents that synthesize information
on technology needs and financial barriers faced by non Annex
1 Parties to the Convention.
Sarah Forbes, World Resources Institute; Preeti Verma, World Resources Institute; Thomas E. Curry, M.J. Bradley and Associates LLC; Dr. S. Julio Friedmann, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Sarah M. Wade, AJW, Inc.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) convened a diverse group of over 80 stakeholders to develop Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) Guidelines to ensure CCS projects are conducted safely and effectively.