This campaign builds upon Bellona’s ongoing efforts to promote a modern, clean, secure, and intelligent CCS infrastructure in Europe. Our previous TE...
Publish date: July 7, 2023
Together with E3G and independent co-authors, our colleagues from Bellona Deutschland have published a “CCS Ladder” for Europe, inspired by the ladder for clean hydrogen by Liebreich Associates. With this work, we hope to initiate a more nuanced discussion about the climate benefits of various CCS applications while advocating that public support – ranging from infrastructure planning to policy frameworks or financial assistance – should be focused on applications with the greatest climate benefits. This work aims to support ongoing discussions on carbon management strategies at various levels, including the CMS in Germany and the EU’s Net-Zero Industry Act.
In general, it should be noted that the CCS Ladder does not discredit any applications of CCS – from a pure climate perspective, it is always better to permanently store CO2 deep underground than to emit it. It also does not pass judgment on whether individual CCS projects are meaningful. Instead, it provides an overview of the general application fields. Other factors (e.g., age, location) can lead to different decisions regarding specific facilities.
The CCS Ladder should not be seen as a definitive ranking but rather as a starting point for discussion – we are very interested in feedback and look forward to opportunities to discuss the methods, results, and recommendations.
Download the Briefing document: CCSL-briefing
Download the Criteria and Methodology document: CCSL-methodology
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