Greenpeace Publishes Map with Potential German CCS Storage Sites

In connection with the upcoming German carbon capture and storage (CCS) law, Greenpeace has published a map of 408 potential German CCS storage sites. The publication came after some legal wrangling about whether information provided under the Environmental Information Act (UIG) can be published by the recipient.

The draft bill for a German federal statute transposing Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide has not yet been submitted to Parliament.  The directive has to be transposed into German law by 25 June 2011. Opposition groups such as Greenpeace have been lobbying against the the introduction CCS technology.

In June 2010, Greenpeace submitted a formal request to the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) asking for information on possible CCS storage sites. BGR is a federal geoscientific authority that provides advice to the German Federal Government in geo-relevant questions. It belongs to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

According to the environmental group, BGR originally denied the request for different reasons. Greenpeace based its request on the Environmental Information Act (UIG). Ultimately BGR provided data, but tried to stop its publication based on copyright law, Greenpeace said. The organisation asked a law firm to provide a legal opinion that came to the conclusion that the information was not protected by copyright law.

According to the published information, possible CCS storage sites are mainly located in East Frisia, below the East Frisian islands of Spiekeroog and Langeoog and the mudflats off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein.  There are also possible sites in or near the cities of Hamburg, Berlin and Munich and in certain parts of North Rhine-Westphalia and Mecklenburg Western-Pommerania.

Greenpeace calls on residents and municipalities to voice opposition before a CCS bill is submitted to Parliament. The organisation that presented a bill for a law phasing out hard coal and lignite-fired power plants in 2008 also opposes the CCS technology, arguing that the risks of long-term storage are not assessable.

Source: Greenpeace

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