Carbon capture and storage workshop for non-governmental organisations

NGO workshop attendees

On 22 November 2010, the BGS and the Office of Carbon Capture and Storage (OCCS) at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (now BEIS) organised a joint workshop on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) at the Natural History Museum in London. It was attended by nine non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Objectives of the day

  • to talk in plain terms about the science of CCS to the NGOs. The NGOs often communicate the challenges and perceptions associated with CCS to the public.
  • to hear from the Office of Carbon Capture and Storage on the latest developments on Government policy related to CCS

Presentations included:

  • Science and safety behind the geological storage of CO2
    (Dr Sam Holloway, Geologist, BGS)
  • Environmental impacts of geological storage of CO2
    ( Professor Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy, BGS)
  • CCS policy going forward
    (Adam Dawson, CEO, OCCS)
  • CCS Roadmap
    (Jonathan Holyoak, Head of Strategy and Policy, OCCS)

Outcomes of the day

Mike Stephenson, BGS, said:

'The level of interest is extraordinary. These people know a lot about CCS. On the policy side, on Government's progress towards the CCS, they understand very well what is going on. And we can learn from them as well.'

Dustin Benton, CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) said:

'I learned a huge amount today. I had some understanding of the science in basic terms but it was really useful to have scientists actually explain some of the stuff in detail, to try and help you to understand what the potential benefits and pitfalls are.'

Jesse Scott, E3G, said:

'The presentation today was the first time that I have been exposed to such a clear explanation and good briefing. And for me, it was actually a real breakthrough to understand some of that. I find that very exciting personally and very worrying broadly in the CCS debate, so I think there is room for a lot more leadership and outspoken effort from the geologists over the next couple of years.'

Adam Dawson, CEO, OCCS said:

'The Government has allocated £1bn of capital funding for the UK's first commercial scale CCS demonstration. And that's probably just about the biggest single capital contribution that the Government has made to any project over the coming four year period. So I think that that illustrates more clearly than any rhetoric or any number of publications could the Government's clear commitment to making CCS a success in this country.'


Contact Mike Stephenson for further information.