Spotlight on carbon capture and storage at Riyadh summit

CSLFSaudi Arabia and the United States of America co-chaired the ministerial conference in Riyadh. (Image source: Saudi Aramco)Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies have been endorsed as a key component to alleviate climate change by the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF)

The endorsement from energy ministers and senior officials of the forum’s 22 member nations and European Commission is being viewed as affirmation that CCS must be an integral component of any international plan to combat climate change. The officials reinforced their belief that the demonstration and global deployment of CCS must be accelerated and pledged their commitment to taking necessary actions individually and collaboratively to make this happen.

CCS encompasses a myriad of technologies for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2), a major greenhouse gas, emitted by power plants or industrial facilities and safely injecting it deep underground into suitable, permanent geologic storage sites or converting it into other products.

It is increasingly viewed by international experts as an essential part of a portfolio of responses to effective management and reduction of CO2 emissions. Similarly, carbon sequestration is the process of capture, utilisation or long-term storage of carbon dioxide. This process will either mitigate or defer climate change. It has been proposed as a way to slow the atmospheric and marine accumulation of greenhouse gases.

One of the key actions pledged at the conclusion of the meeting was the assertion and advocacy for clean energy policies that support CCS alongside other clean energy technologies, such as renewable energy and efficiency measures.

The forum, being held in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, concluded on 4 November.

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