Ensuring local support and building networks are paramount for successful deployment of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). As such, they are an important element of STRATEGY CCUS, an ambitious three-year project funded by the European Union. The project aims to support the development of low-carbon energy in eight regions of Southern and Eastern Europe that have been identified as promising for CCUS.
To give local stakeholders the opportunity to build these crucial networks, the Strategy CCUS team has been conducting regional stakeholder committee workshops over the past months. Initially, the workshops were planned as face-to-face meetings. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshops have been turned into virtual events. So far, workshops have been successfully held in seven out of our eight regions and we are on track to complete the final event soon.
Participants have included local and national government officials, community representatives, industry members (both potential suppliers of CO2 and those that might use it), CCUS project developers, CCUS researchers, environmental groups and support organisations. During the meetings, participants have had the opportunity to build relationships and communicate their views, as well as present policy needs and discuss drivers and barriers to CCUS implementation. Furthermore, it is hoped that they will disseminate information about the project and about CCUS within their regions.
Two further workshops will be held in each of our eight regions over the course of 2021. Their aim will be to strengthen the nascent networks and help draw up detailed CCUS implementation roadmaps for each region, with local development plans.