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The global politics of CCS
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ECN Policy Studies 26-3-2011
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ECN-L--11-028 Presentation
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Presented at: Presentation at the Scottish CCS centre, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 25 March 2011.

This talk reviews from a political viewpoint the reasons why international institutions get involved in CCS, and zooms in on one particular process: a roadmap, developed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), for CCS in industrial sources of CO2, with a focus on developing countries. CO2 capture and storage is quite popular as a technology in international discussions on climate mitigation and energy. Over the period 2005-2010, international institutions involved in CCS multiplied. Their positions and level of advocacy on CCS varies. The most active organisations are driven by energy and fossil fuel, rather than climate change, interests. What does this mean for the prospects of CCS? One of the exceptions is the UNIDO/IEA roadmap; a process really driven by UNIDO. It draws attention away from CCS in coal-fired power towards cheaper CCS options in sectors where the option is inescapable: gas production and steel, for instance. Focussing on CCS in industry has benefits: for instance, the option is less of a competition to renewable power options. Some preliminary results are presented.

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