Frequently asked questions

CCS globally

What regulation is in place at a European level to ensure safety across Europe?

The EU CCS Directive regulates both the exploration of storage sites and the storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) within Europe. The Directive ensures that geological formations will only be licensed for carbon dioxide storage if there is “no significant risk of leakage” and places considerable emphasis on selecting, characterising, risk-assessing and monitoring of storage sites to ensure permanent storage of carbon dioxide. A form of financial security is also required from operators at the outset.

How many CCS plants are there in operation globally? 

According to the Global CCS Institute, there are currently 21 CCS projects in operation or construction around the world.

To find out more about the planned and operational CCS projects in the world, view the annual report The Global Status of CCS, produced by the Global CCS Institute.

WHAT IS CCS?

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What is CCS?

WHY CCS?

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Why CCS?