The project, launched in November 2010, is based on networking between 34 research institutes, all with CO2 storage research experience, and offers a wide European coverage across 24 EU Member States and four Associated countries.
It aims to establish a credible, independent, long-lasting and representative pan-European scientific body of expertise on CO2 geological storage.
This will build on the sound nucleus of the CO2GeoNet Association, of which BGS is a founder member, and will be helped by the fact that the CGS Europe consortium includes key geoscientific institutions from the existing CO2NET EAST and ENeRG networks, as well as additional institutes from EuroGeoSurveys.
The creation of CGS Europe is timely, because although the European Union has already made significant progress in advancing CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) as a key technology for combating climate change, there is now a strong need for acceleration in this process and achieving an even spread of knowledge throughout EU Member States and Associated countries.
This will help support the 10–12 large-scale CCS demonstration projects in Europe in all relevant areas, so as to promote commercial deployment from 2020.
To achieve these aims, CGS Europe will further enhance the collection, dissemination, and homogenization of scientific knowledge on CO2 storage.
One major outcome of CGS Europe will be a better understanding of the current status of CO2 geological storage throughout Europe; a pan-European knowledge pool structured to provide relevant information (reports, best practices, country status, etc.) to a wide and varied audience.
Through various dissemination tools (knowledge-dissemination and awareness-raising workshops, a website with an online knowledge repository, publications, spring/summer school, etc.), CGS Europe will offer access to unbiased scientific advice to national regulatory authorities, industrial stakeholders, the scientific community, media and the general public.
The most concrete outcome of CGS Europe, at the end of the EC funding period, will be a durable Europe-wide scientific body on CO2 geological storage, able to provide both detail and overviews of national, European and Worldwide perspectives and needs in the field of CO2 geological storage.
3-year Coordination action
Funding: EC FP7
24 participants: including the CO2GeoNet Association (11 members as 3rd parties)
34 institutes: specialising in CO2 storage issues
24 EU member states: and 4 associated countries
Coordinator: BRGM – Isabelle Czernichowski-Lauriol (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretariat: University of Zagreb – RGNF – Zeljka Kurelec (email@example.com)
Participating countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK
Web page: www.cgseurope.net
Contact Gary Kirby For further information