Assessing Interactions between Carbon Capture and Storage and the Sustainable Development Goals

Proceedings of the 15th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference 15-18 March 2021

10 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2021

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Tom Mikunda

TNO Energy-Transition

Eirini Skylogianni

TNO Energy-Transition

Logan Brunner

TNO – Applied Geosciences

Juliana Monteiro

TNO Energy-Transition; TNO Energy-Transition

Lydia Rycroft

TNO Energy-Transition

Jasmin Kemper

IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D

Date Written: March 24, 2021

Abstract

For carbon capture and storage (CCS) to be a truly effective option within the efforts being made to mitigate climate change, it must be sustainable. An assessment is therefore required regarding how the deployment of CCS will positively contribute towards the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This assessment reviews current evidence regarding the interactions between CCS technologies and the SDGs to improve the accessibility of information regarding the relevance and sustainability of CCS as a climate mitigation technology. Implicit in the SDG logic is that the goals depend on each other and enablers for one goal may therefore also potentially act as inhibiters for another goal. When evaluated against the SDGs, CCS shows several positive ‘enabling’ interactions, and fundamentally CCS is ‘indivisible’ with SDG 13 regarding combating climate change. The main ‘inhibiting’ impacts are predominantly due to the requirement for extra energy per unit of electricity produced and the environmental impacts associated with the use of some capture systems. None of the inhibiting impacts identified had ‘cancelling’ interactions against the SDGs covered in this assessment. CCS is therefore a sustainable option to combat climate change and does not prohibit the achievement of any other SDG.

Keywords: CCS, Sustainable development goals, IPCC, Paris Agreement

Suggested Citation

Mikunda, Tom and Skylogianni, Eirini and Brunner, Logan and Monteiro, Juliana and Rycroft, Lydia and Kemper, Jasmin, Assessing Interactions between Carbon Capture and Storage and the Sustainable Development Goals (March 24, 2021). Proceedings of the 15th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference 15-18 March 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3811418

Tom Mikunda

TNO Energy-Transition ( email )

Netherlands

Eirini Skylogianni

TNO Energy-Transition ( email )

Netherlands

Logan Brunner

TNO – Applied Geosciences ( email )

Princetonlaan 6
Utrecht, 3584 CB
Netherlands

Juliana Monteiro

TNO Energy-Transition ( email )

Netherlands

TNO Energy-Transition ( email )

Netherlands

Lydia Rycroft (Contact Author)

TNO Energy-Transition ( email )

Netherlands

Jasmin Kemper

IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D

Hatherley Ln
Cheltenham, GL51 6SH,
United Kingdom

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