Put CO2 away under the sea?
Technologically speaking it is entirely feasible to separate the carbon dioxide (CO2) harmful to the climate from the concentrated flue gases of power plants and to compress them into porous rock or sediment layers under the oceans and seas. Yet can the greenhouse gas be stored permanently and safely without doing damage to the marine environment? This issue is the focus of a meeting of German and international experts invited by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) to Berlin’s Federal Press Office on 16-17 June. Discussion will concentrate on the results of a study on the ecological, geological and legal aspects of CO2 storage at the bottom of the sea. The UBA believes storage should only occur if no damage is done to the marine environment and it actually serves the purpose of effective climate protection. read more