CSA Group and IPAC-CO2 Research Inc. Announce World's First
Bi-National Standard for Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide
REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN and TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/15/12
-- CSA Group, a leading developer of standards, codes and training
programs, and the International Performance Assessment Centre for
Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide (IPAC-CO2 Research Inc.), an
environmental non-government organization (NGO), today announced the
world's first bi-national carbon capture and storage (CCS) standard
for the geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) for Canada and the
CCS is a process consisting of the separation of CO2 from industrial
and energy-related sources, transport to a storage location and
long-term underground isolation from the atmosphere. Scientists
estimate carbon capture units can be used to reduce emissions from
industrial plants by 85 to 95 per cent(1).
The CSA Z741 Geological storage of carbon dioxide standard is a
bi-national Canada-USA consensus standard, developed with a technical
committee of more than 30 professionals representing industry,
regulators, researchers and NGOs from both sides of the border. The
genesis of the standard was a seed document developed by IPAC-CO2
based on their research. It is intended that the new standard will
also be used as a basis for the international CCS standards through
the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
"This standard will help instill public and regulator confidence in
the geologic storage of CO2 as an effective CO2 mitigation option,"
said Carmen Dybwad, Chief Executive Officer of IPAC-CO2 Research Inc.
"The publication of this standard is a turning point for the CCS
industry and in the quest to reduce greenhouse gas emission in our
fight against climate change."
CSA Z741 Geological storage of carbon dioxide standard provides
essential guidelines for regulators, industry and others around the
world involved with scientific and commercial CCS projects. It
establishes requirements and recommendations for the geological
storage of carbon dioxide to help promote environmentally safe and
long term containment of carbon dioxide in a way that minimizes risks
to the environment and human health.
"Our Government's top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for
Palliser, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State
for Western Economic Diversification. "Supporting innovative projects
such as this improves our competitiveness and solidifies our global
presence in the carbon capture and storage field."
"The Bi-National Standard will create a consistent and transparent
process for the geologic storage of carbon dioxide." said Environment
Minister Ken Cheveldayoff. "This supports the province's growth plan
as carbon capture and storage technology will allow us to meet our
greenhouse gas emission targets while continuing to use coal to
generate electricity and minimize costs to consumers."
"This CCS standard is the first of its kind in the world and it was
made possible thanks to the support of IPAC-CO2," said Bonnie Rose,
President, Standards, CSA Group. "With CO2 storage expected to span
generations, we are committed to developing standards that can be
used to help establish geological CO2 storage as safe, reliable and
Global carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel combustion(2)
reached a record high of 31.6 gigatonnes (Gt) in 2011, according to
the International Energy Agency (IEA). This represents an increase of
1.0 Gt on 2010, or 3.2 per cent. The IEA has urged for a quick and
global push to develop and deploy CCS technologies to mitigate
greenhouse gas emissions. Formally recognized national or
international standards for the long-term storage of CO2 are needed
to help ensure risks are identified and addressed.
There are eight large-scale CCS projects internationally storing
about 23 million tonnes of CO2 each year. The Global CCS Institute's
Global Status of CCS: 2012 report(3) released last month said an
additional eight projects under construction would increase the
annual storage volume to 36 million tonnes by 2015. This is about 70
per cent of the IEA's target for mitigation activities by CCS. A top
priority for CCS research is the confirmation that geologic CO2
storage is safe, reliable and an environmentally beneficial practice
for the long-term.
The standard is primarily applicable to saline aquifers and depleted
hydrocarbon reservoirs and does not preclude its application to
storage associated with hydrocarbon recovery. It includes, but is not
limited to, recommendations with respect to the safer design,
construction, operation, maintenance, and closure of storage sites.
It also provides recommendations for the development of management
documents, community engagement, risk assessment, and risk
communication. The project life cycle covers all aspects, periods,
and stages of the storage project, beginning with those necessary to
initiate the project (including site screening, selection,
characterization, assessment, engineering, permitting, and
construction), that lead to the start of injection and proceeding
through subsequent operations until cessation of injection; and
culminating in the post-injection period, which can include a closure
period and a post-closure period. The standard does not specify
post-closure period requirements.
CSA Group has extensive experience in developing international
environmental and carbon dioxide management standards. On behalf of
the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), CSA Group manages the
Secretariat for the committee that developed the ISO 14000
environmental management and ISO 14064 greenhouse gas management
standards. The CCS standard will be submitted to ISO as a basis for
the promotion of international standards by the end of 2012.
IPAC-CO2 Research Inc. was established to meet a public and
regulatory need in the global CCS chain by providing an independent
performance and risk assessment and risk management of geologic
storage of carbon dioxide.
(1) International Panel on Climate Change. http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/spe
(2) International Energy Agency. http://www.iea.org/newsroomandevents
(3) Global CCS Institute. http://www.globalccsinstitute.com/publicati
About CSA Group
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association
dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge
and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory
solutions; global testing and certification services across key
business areas including hazardous location and industrial, plumbing
and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas,
alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer
product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on
billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group
About IPAC-CO2 Research Inc.
IPAC-CO2 Research Inc., the International Performance Assessment
Centre for Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide, is the international
leader in independent risk management, standards development, applied
research and community engagement for CCS projects, specializing in
the geologic storage of CO2. IPAC-CO2 Research Inc. was established
in 2009 as an environmental non-government organization (ENGO) with
$14 million in funding from the Government of Saskatchewan, Royal
Dutch Shell and the Government of Canada. For more information, visit
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Manager, Corporate Affairs
IPAC-CO2 Research Inc.
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Director of Communications
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