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UAE outlines importance of Carbon Capture and Storage Projects to be brought under CDM

Sep 7, 2011 - 01:21 -

WAM Abu Dhabi, Sept. 7th, 2011 (WAM) -- Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change and Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, today outlined a robust set of modalities and procedures that will explicitly indicate how carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects can be incorporated under the existing rules of the clean development mechanism (CDM).

In his opening remarks at the two-day �Workshop on Modalities and Procedures for CCS under the CDM' in Abu Dhabi, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber said such procedures will significantly drive global standards and ensure better CCS projects.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) workshop is being hosted by Abu Dhabi and co-funded by Norway and the UAE. Participants included technical, commercial and legal experts to address specific issues in relation to the modalities and procedures for including carbon dioxide capture and storage in geological formations as CDM projects.

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber said: "We understand and accept that the CDM is only part of how we can make CCS work because it can help close financing gaps, assist in the transfer of CCS technologies and know-how, improve buy-in from domestic stakeholders and provide a set of broadly accepted standards to ensure high quality projects." He added: "Rules for site selection, monitoring and other technical issues, need to be robust enough to build public confidence that CCS projects will firmly keep the captured greenhouse gases underground. It is also necessary to ensure that storage solutions and liability are outlined within the context of appropriate timeframes and confirm that rules fully account for the emissions impacts of projects." The two-day UNFCCC workshop on CCS in Abu Dhabi will recommend measures that aim to bring clarity about the role of CCS technologies in CDM at the UN-led climate negotiations (COP-17) by the end of this year in Durban, South Africa.

The Abu Dhabi workshop follows the 34th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) that were held from 6-16 June in Bonn, Germany.