Ministers for Environment and Economics Present Key Elements of New CCS Bill

Federal Minister for the Environment Norbert Röttgen and Federal Minister of Economics Rainer Brüderle presented key elements of a bill today which provides the legal framework for testing the capture, transportation, and permanent storage of CO2 (CCS).   

The bill regulates the requirements for CCS operations, as well as the technical requirements for storage and the legal liability of storage unit operators, who must operate safely and also guard against long-term risks.

This new bill will replace a lapsed bill from the legislative session ending in 2009.

As compared to the old proposal, the new bill further restricts storage, with approval granted only if an application is submitted by the end of 2015.  Carbon storage is limited to 3 million tonnes per year and no more than 8 million tonnes of CO2 stored nationwide per storage operator.   Furthermore, evaluation of CCS sites must consider alternative claims for the ground use (such as geothermal energy), and also provide protection for the rights of property owners and possible financial compensation for communities which may be adversely affected.

Additionally, because of the experimental nature of the technology, a re-evaluation of the status of relevant technologies shall take place in 2017.   At this time a report on CCS will be made to the German Bundestag, which will evaluate prospects for an extension of CCS.

A final decision on the bill is expected at the end of the year, after input from the Länder and industry associations and the parliamentary voting process.

Source: Bundesministerium für Umwelt Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit (BMU)

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