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Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law

Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law

Edited by Michael Faure

The Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law is a landmark reference work, providing definitive and comprehensive coverage of this dynamic field. The Encyclopedia is organised into 12 volumes around top-level subjects – such as water, energy and climate change – that reflect some of the most pressing issues facing us today. Each volume probes the key elements of law, the essential concepts, and the latest research through concise, structured entries written by international experts. Each entry includes an extensive bibliography as a starting point for further reading. The mix of authoritative commentary and insightful discussion will make this an essential tool for research and teaching, as well as a valuable resource for professionals and policymakers.

Chapter I.16: Carbon capture and storage as a bridging technology *

Navraj Singh Ghaleigh

Subjects: environment, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law

The Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law is a landmark reference work, providing definitive and comprehensive coverage of this dynamic field. The Encyclopedia is organised into 12 volumes around top-level subjects – such as water, energy and climate change – that reflect some of the most pressing issues facing us today. Each volume probes the key elements of law, the essential concepts, and the latest research through concise, structured entries written by international experts. Each entry includes an extensive bibliography as a starting point for further reading. The mix of authoritative commentary and insightful discussion will make this an essential tool for research and teaching, as well as a valuable resource for professionals and policymakers.

Abstract

Vast quantities of greenhouse gases are routinely vented into the atmosphere in the power and other industrial sectors. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) promises to avoid such venting by the permanent sequestration of the resultant CO2 in subsurface geological formations. The practice is neither straightforward nor uncontroversial. Technically, CCS requires the utilization of existing techniques albeit in a novel combination and scale. Socially, it raises questions both in local communities concerned about a potentially risky process, and amongst those with ethical objections to extending the usage of fossil fuels. Economically, CCS like most forms of abated energy production is more costly than traditional means. Law, at a variety of levels and in a range of forms engages with each of these concerns, and others. Indeed, it has done so with considerable success in the past decade. However, CCS has not been rolled out with equal vigour globally, as explored below.

Abstract

Vast quantities of greenhouse gases are routinely vented into the atmosphere in the power and other industrial sectors. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) promises to avoid such venting by the permanent sequestration of the resultant CO2 in subsurface geological formations. The practice is neither straightforward nor uncontroversial. Technically, CCS requires the utilization of existing techniques albeit in a novel combination and scale. Socially, it raises questions both in local communities concerned about a potentially risky process, and amongst those with ethical objections to extending the usage of fossil fuels. Economically, CCS like most forms of abated energy production is more costly than traditional means. Law, at a variety of levels and in a range of forms engages with each of these concerns, and others. Indeed, it has done so with considerable success in the past decade. However, CCS has not been rolled out with equal vigour globally, as explored below.

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