Bellona and CCS

The Bellona Foundation is positive to CCS because we consider it impossible to combat global warming without it. Bellona was one of the first NGOs to begin championing CCS two decades ago and continue to do so globally, with efforts focussed in the organisation’s EU office – Bellona Europa – in Brussels, Belgium and through BEST (Bellona Environmental CCS Team).

In the Publications section of our website you will find a number of reports, studies and briefs on CCS and related matters of technology and policy developments. Furthermore, Bellona is Vice-Chair and leads several work streams of the European Commission’s Technology Platform for CCS, the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP).

Environmental NGOs have different positions on CCS. Most of the largest environmental NGOs have a positive view or take a “necessary evil” approach. It can be confusing for the public when environmental NGOs hold different views on CCS, but Bellona is clear that rejecting any role for CCS will:

  • Preclude reaching the 2°C target this century and therefore may result in missing our only chance to deal with runaway climate change
  • Drastically increase costs of tackling climate change, leading to more spending on adaption and growing acceptance of a warmer world
  • Alienate potential allies for achieving deep decarbonisation from industrial sectors, and increase the political barriers to transformational change – CCS is critical should industry survive in a carbon constrained economy.

Bellona regards CCS as the bridge to the future of renewable energy, and successful deployment of CCS as a prerequisite to avoid the most dramatic consequences of global warming. This can only be achieved by bold decision for industrial and political leaders.

  1. CCS is not just a technology: It is an integrated infrastructure that includes capture facilities, transport, pipelines, storage sites and ideally a CO2
  2. CCS is not just for the power sector: A large part of emissions of energy intensive industries such as steel, cement and glass production, are inherent and cannot be tackled by any other means than CCS.
  3. CCS is not in opposition to renewables: CCS deployment is in opposition to unabated fossil fuel use and out-of-control CO2

For more information, see our Why CCS and Solving the Climate Puzzle with CCS brochures.