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Research concludes that impacts of an unlikely leakage of CO2 will be small

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The EU FP7 research project RISCS have published its final report. ZERO has been part of the project and partner in communicating the result, which concludes that storing CO2 is safe.

- We are very exited about the result and the conclusions from RISCS.  The project has taken people’s concerns in connection with storage of CO2 seriously. They have looked into credible CO2 leakage scenarios in all kinds of environments, and what kind of impact CO2 possibly could have, says Camilla Svendsen Skriung, political adviser in ZERO.

- The fact that RISCS’s 21 partners all agree that leakage is of low probability, and that impacts will be small and localised, is vital for the future development of storage sites worldwide. We need to know that research supports the message that storage of CO2 is safe, she continues.

RISCS’s 21 partners all agree that leakage is of low probability, and that impacts will be small and localised

The report summarises the conclusions and recommendations developed by the RISCS Consortium, based on four years of experimental research, field-based investigations, modelling studies and analysis undertaken during the project.

Main findings:

  • Leakage is of low probability if site selection, characterisation and storage project design are undertaken correctly.
  • Our research indicates that there are no reasons why storage could not take place in any of the environments that have been studied.
  • Potential impacts will be further reduced by careful site selection and monitoring.
  • Current evidence would suggest that if leaks were to occur they would tend to be localised.
  • Impacts from CO2 leakage are expected to be relatively small compared to impacts caused by other stressors.
  • The scale of the likely impacts means that they are considered manageable both by the ecosystem and by relevant stakeholders (operators and regulators).

Read the full report here.


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