With the votes of the ruling Conservative/Liberal government, the Bundestag (German Parliament) approved the controversial CCS bill, thus transposing Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide to the extent that CCS demonstration projects can be carried out until 2017.
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The German government approved a draft bill for a German federal statute transposing Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide, allowing for CCS demonstration projects.
In connection with the upcoming German carbon capture and storage (CCS) law, Greenpeace has published a map of 408 potential German CCS storage sites. The publication came after some legal wrangling about whether information provided under the Environmental Information Act (UIG) can be published by the recipient.
The mining authority of the state of Brandenburg (Landesamt für Bergbau, Geologie und Rohstoffe – LBGR) recently approved the general operating plan (Hauptbetriebsplan) for a subsidiary of Vattenfall Europe AG for a carbon capture and storage project.
The Advisory Committee on Environmental Issues to the German Parliament (Sachverständigenrat für Umweltfragen – SRU) today submitted its special report on ways to achieve a 100% renewable electricity supply to Federal Environment Minister Röttgen. 100% renewable electricity generation is possible by 2050. Subsidies for new PV systems should be capped.
While last year the government was focused on developing the new Energy Concept, this year will be devoted to its implementation, Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, Rainer Brüderle, pointed out in a speech given at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Energy Industry organized by the newspaper Handelsblatt. Grid expansion had top priority, as renewable energy is becoming the desired supporting pillar of the energy supply, he emphasized.
According to energate, the renewed bill transposing Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide (CCS) into German law shall be submitted to the Federal Cabinet this January. Germany has to implement the Directive by 25 June 2011.
Siemens AG reported that it attained a CO2 capture efficiency of over 90 percent with practically zero solvent emissions. The new post-combustion capture process was reportedly tested for more than 3,000 hours in a pilot facility at the Staudinger power plant operated by E.ON AG.
As a first step towards implementing its Energy Concept, the German federal government has adopted a 10-point immediate action program which it intends to implement by 31 December 2011.
The German Government today adopted its new Energy Concept for the period until 2050. The final concept has been slightly modified compared to the draft from 7 September. Changes relate to various areas, including the introduction of a market transparency office, toning down the 2050 energy efficiency goals for buildings, or CO2 emission targets for cars.