We have a veritable post-Christmas feast of carbon-related news this month, though hopefully no turkeys…
1) CCS in CDM Montreal
As was agreed in Montreal, Government submissions are now being sought on the consideration of carbon dioxide capture and storage as clean development mechanism project activities, taking into account issues relating to project boundary, leakage and permanence. The deadline for these submissions is 13 February 2006. A workshop will be held in May 2006 in Bonn at SB24.
Agreement in Paragraph 6 of document FCCC/KP/CMP/2005/L.7 – http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2005/cmp1/eng/l07.pdf
2) House of Commons CCS inquiry
The Science and Technology Commiotte of the House of Commons has undertaken an inquiry into Carbon Capture and Geological Storage.
The report is expected in mid to late February 2006. Evidence, (and eventually the final report) can be found at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmsctech.htm for the session 2005 -06
3) Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change
The Chancellor announced on 19 July 2005 that he had asked Sir Nick Stern to lead a major review of the economics of climate change, to understand more comprehensively the nature of the economic challenges and how they can be met, in the UK and globally.
The review will be taken forward jointly by the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, and will report to the Prime Minister and Chancellor by Autumn 2006. It takes place within the context of existing national and international climate change policy.
UKCCS has submitted short evidence
4) UKERC Annual Assembly
The UKERC annual assembly with be held in Edinburgh on July 6 and 7. Workshops for students are planned on 4 and 5 July. There is a plan (yet to bear fruit) to hold a one day workshop on “CCS and sustainability” on Friday 8 July. Stuart Haszeldine and Jon Gibbins to co-ordinate the event.
5) POST 253 Clean Coal
This government briefing 4 page note was published in December.
6) Australia’s first geosequestration demonstration project to start this year.
Just days before the first meeting of the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate in Sydney, a leading Australian research group, the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC), has announced plans to conduct the first carbon dioxide (CO2) geosequestration project in Australia….
http://www.co2crc.com.au/ and click on link under “What’s new”.
7) Populating the website
REMINDER that you should now request your password, to populate your project and its results on our www.CO2storage.org.uk website
8) UKCCSC progress meeting Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 March. Just a reminder – you’ll need some progress to show ….
Dr Mark Wilkinson
UKCCSC website administrator
University of Edinburgh