By Max Clarke

Energy Ministers from around the world have agreed to proposals to help speed up the global deployment of carbon capture and storage.

At today’s meeting in the United Arab Emirates, Ministers at the Clean Energy Ministerial endorsed recommendations from the Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Action Group chaired by Australia and the UK.

Carbon capture and storage typically involves the injecting carbon dioxide generated from fossil fuel plants back into the ground, often into abandoned oil seams. Currently a number of projects exist worldwide, the largets of which is Algeria’s Salah Gas Field. Such projects are, as yet, more experimental than viable energy sources and carbon sinks.

Speaking at the meeting in Abu Dhabi, the UK’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said:

“There can be no solution to climate change and energy security globally without carbon capture and storage. Deployment of the technology is tantalisingly close, but it won’t happen at commercial scale without concerted efforts by governments around the world to address legal, financial and technical barriers.

“Our work with Australia to galvanise action and the commitments we’ve secured from key countries today are a step forward in this challenge. The UK will host the next Clean Energy Ministerial in London next spring and will be pressing hard for substantial progress by then.”
Carbon capture in the UK has witnessed renewed focus in the past months, and in February a total of 14 carbon capture and storage plants applied for EU funding. The sector in the UK alone could create 100,000 green jobs and theoretically store the UK’s entire CO2 output for 40 years.