STORE Participates in Side Event in Durban

Katherine Romanak of STORE and the Gulf Coast Carbon Center was invited to give a presentation at a side event hosted by the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) on Tuesday, November 29, at the COP17 meeting in Durban. The side event, 'CCS in the CDM', was aimed at informing negotiators and other delegates about various aspects of CCS technology and its potential inclusion in the CDM (Clean Development Mechanism).

Katherine spoke on 'Geologic Carbon Storage: Monitoring and Environmental Impacts'. Other topics included liability issues, forecasted global energy mix and transboundary issues presented by representatives of the CCSA, International Energy Agency and the Global CCS Institute (GCCSI), respectively. Katherine and colleagues fielded questions from negotiators and delegates representing government agencies, businesses and environmental groups (e.g., South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage, Petrobras, Greenpeace). Additional side events on CCS are taking place throughout the duration of the meeting, but those in week one have the opportunity to inform negotiators who are currently working this first week on the text of the CCS modalities and procedures document for potential inclusion in the CDM, which is scheduled to be submitted to SBSTA (Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice) plenary this coming Saturday.


At left - Katherine Romanak responds to a question from Iris Cheng, International Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace International.