Carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS) is a technology which captures CO2 emissions from large-scale energy conversion processes, typically from coal-fired or gas-fired power plants, or energy-intensive industrial processes. The CO2 is then stored in deep geological formations.
CCS could be used as a bridging technology to help meet the EU's climate objectives and analysis by the International Energy Agency suggests that, without CCS, overall costs to reduce emissions to 2005 levels by 2050 would increase globally by 70%.
CCS is already available but several issues remain, including financing and demonstrating this technology, as well as securing public acceptance for it. As the institutional representative of civil society, the European Economic and Social Committee joins efforts with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy to bring a citizens' perspective to the debate on CCS. All interested parties are therefore invited to attend this conference in order that their views can be gathered and conveyed to the EU decision-making institutions.
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