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Environmental NGO groups in favour of CCS

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Wired claims that environmentalists are actively working against CCS in an article this week, but the ENGO Network on CCS has promoted CCS as a part of the climate solution since 2011.

The Wired magazine published a thorough article about clean coal this week.  They argue, as do several international organizations like the IEA, that the world needs clean coal in addition to renewable energy to meet the future energy needs. However, the article also claims that environmentalists have lobbied hard against the technology and that the technology is being scoffed by the same group.

It is true that some NGOs are sceptical towards CCS, and that some even work and argue against it. But that is only part of the picture.

- As would be expected, our organisations approached CCS with caution, says Camilla Svendsen Skriung, political adviser in ZERO and member of the ENGO Network on CCS.

Several environmental NGOs oppose CCS because they consider storage to be unsafe and that CCS expands the usage of fossil fuels and displaces renewable energy sources. In the light of this it is important for those ENGOs who accept that CCS is necessary to reach the two-degree goal to cooperate and to be well coordinated. This is the background for establishing the ENGO network.

The international ENGO Newtwork on CCS has established an efficient information channel for environmental organisations that work with CCS and is a solid platform for a united voice in international forums.

Having a network for environmental organisations that view CCS as a climate solution is invaluable.  These 10 reputable ENGOs are central figures in the international climate battle.  By working together, having a united voice and standpoints, they become a stronger political force internationally.  Thus these organisations can support each other’s work to influence national authorities and other stakeholders.

- After a long and careful study of the available science, we have concluded that CCS can be carried out safely and effectively, provided it is adequately regulated. Our conclusions are based on, and are backed by, an overwhelming consensus of the scientific literature and prominent research institutions, Skriung Svendsen continues.

Good and thorough articles on CCS are always welcome, but one should recognize that several environmental NGOs acknowledge CCS as a part of the climate solution.



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