Despite the latest round of UN climate change negotiations concluding in Cancun at the end of 2010 and a temporary hiatus in climate talks until Bangkok in April, it has still been a busy start to the year on energy and environment issues, with a number of important meetings and consultations taking place.
I recently attended the latest meeting of the Carbon Capture Use and Storage Action Group (CCUS) in London. The group was set up last July at the first Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) in Washington DC and it works to assist governments and businesses with the development of CCS technology. The group is led by the UK and Australia and aims to bring together governments so that they can coordinate efforts – collaborating countries include Canada, China and the United States. The group also works with business and NGOs to ensure that the CCS expertise within these stakeholders is fully utilised.
The CCUS Group is working on a report for energy ministers, providing recommendations on CCS and how to move it forward and widen deployment. The report is due out in time for the second Clean Energy Ministerial, which is being held on 6-7 April in the United Arab Emirates. I will provide more information on the recommendations at that time.
The WCA has also been working on submissions to a number of important energy consultations, most recently responding to the European Commission Green Paper: “EU development policy in support of inclusive growth and sustainable development – Increasing the impact of EU development policy” and the UK government “Carbon price floor” consultation.
Information on these issues and their wider context will be posted here over coming weeks.