CO2 Infrastructure in Germany

Proceedings Publication Date:

26 Jul 2016
Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht
Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht
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Worldwide we expect an increase in the use of fossil energy sources. Associated with this are inevitable rising CO2-emissions having an incalculable impact on the climate change. Consequences can be extreme weather phenomena, floods or the rise in sea levels.

The progressing climate change is a challenge of our time, a problem which is not localized and which we shouldn’t underestimate. Therefore it has to be our goal to use fossil energy sources as climate neutral as possible and to support and comply with the nationally and internationally existing resolutions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The capture, transport and permanent storage of the CO2 released from the combustion in coal-fired power plants is as a bridge technology an indispensible element of climate protection goals. The whole CCS value chain covers thereby carbon capture in power plants, the transport of CO2 from power plants to the permanent disposal site as well as the storage of it in underground geological structures.

We have to consider that there needs to be a CCS-Infrastructure in Europe, since we won’t be able to change our dependence on fossil energy sources in the medium term. To foster the development of a CCS-infrastructure in Germany as well as in Europe, we must make sure, that politics and industry work closely together and pull on one string.