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Germany to support CCS for industry, allow offshore carbon storage with upcoming strategy

(Clean Energy Wire, 26 Feb 2024) The German government has proposed plans to make carbon capture and storage (CCS) possible to help the country reach greenhouse gas neutrality by 2045. State support would focus on capturing and storing or using carbon from industrial processes where emissions are difficult or impossible to avoid, according to a government paper on key elements of the upcoming strategy.

However, Germany would allow CCS also for gas-fired power plants, although without state support. Captured CO2 would then be used or stored under the seabed, either in Germany or abroad. Underground onshore storage would remain out of the question for now. Industry association BDI welcomed the proposals, while several environmental NGOs criticised that it opens the door to the continuation of old fossil fuel business models.

In its quest to reach greenhouse gas net neutrality, the German government has drawn up plans to allow capturing and then storing carbon dioxide emissions under the seabed or abroad. The economy ministry presented key elements of its upcoming Carbon Management Strategy (CMS), laying out how Germany aims to tackle hard-to-abate emissions from certain industrial processes as well as by gas-fired power plants by capturing and storing (CCS) or using emitted CO2 (CCU). Germany will provide state support to CCS for industrial projects, but not in the electricity sector. The government will allow offshore carbon storage but for now continues to ban onshore underground storage.

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Clean Energy Wire, 26 Feb 2024: Germany to support CCS for industry, allow offshore carbon storage with upcoming strategy