Assessing capacity of geological storage of CO2 in Europe

Focus of the project was mainly on the further development of innovative methods for capacity assessment, site selection criteria, economic modelling and the initiation of scientific collaboration with China on CCS. The project was co-funded by the EU and was supported by 26 project partners from 20 countries.

With regard to EU`s CO2 storage capacity, it was found that compared to annual emissions of 1.9 gigatonnes (Gt) CO2 from all the large emission sources in the EU, conservative European storage capacity estimates amount to 117 Gt CO2 whereas more optimistic estimates amount even to 360 Gt CO2.

Detailed information about the project and the findings can be obtained from the EU GeoCapacity Project`s website.