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European Commission Issues Guidance on Carbon Capture and Storage

31 March 2011: The European Commission has issued four guidance documents to support coherent implementation of the EU Directive on carbon capture and storage (CCS Directive).

The four documents, mainly addressed to national authorities in EU Member States and other relevant stakeholders, elaborate on key provisions of the CCS Directive, which establishes a legal framework for the environmentally safe geological storage of CO2.

The first document outlines a framework for managing the life-cycle risks of CO2 storage. The other documents address: the characterization of the storage complex, CO2 stream composition, monitoring and corrective measures; the criteria for transferring responsibility for storage sites to the Member State; and financial security. The deadline for Member States to transpose the CCS Directive into national law is 25 June 2011. [EU press release]