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8th Session of WG-III and 24th Session 
of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 


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Highlights for Thursday, 22 September 2005


The eighth session of Working Group III (WGIII-8) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began today in Montreal, Canada, with delegates meeting to discuss the Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage. After a presentation by the Co-Chairs of Working Group III on aspects of the draft Summary for Policymakers, delegates commenced line-by-line deliberations on the draft text. A contact group was convened to address outstanding issues on the first two paragraphs of the draft Summary Report for Policymakers. 

Above photo L-R:
WGIII Co-Chair Ogunlade Davidson (Sierra Leone), IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri (India) and WGIII Co-Chair Bert Metz (The Netherlands)


After welcoming delegates, IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri (India) (left) noted the high expectations surrounding the Special Report as this is the first time that a comprehensive assessment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been carried out. He highlighted that the process had involved the participation of industry and civil society, and emphasized the need to ensure outreach efforts in light of existing gaps in information and knowledge on CCS.


WGIII Co-Chair Bert Metz (The Netherlands) introduced the Co-Chairs' presentation on aspects of the draft SPM.

WGIII Co-Chair Ogunlade Davidson (Sierra Leone) began the  Co-Chairs' presentation, explaining that the SPM is organized on the basis of several key questions about CCS.


After the presentation by the Co-Chairs, delegates commenced consideration of the text of the draft SPM. 

On a proposal by Canada to include a foreword clarifying the scope of the report, Co-Chair Metz (right) said that he and Co-Chair Davidson (left) would prepare such a foreword.

FRANCE stressed the need to clarify the assumptions about costs and time frames for storage. Above photo L-R: Michel Petit and Jacques Varet (France)

What is CO2 capture and storage and how could it contribute to mitigating climate change?

On referencing emission sources, SWITZERLAND, supported by PAKISTAN, CHILE, NORWAY and others, noted that “anthropogenic sources” was too vague as it could include land use, land use change, and forestry (LULUCF). Above photo: José Romero (Switzerland)

SLOVENIA, supported by GERMANY, proposed a reference to Article 2 of the UNFCCC (ultimate objective). Above photo: Andrej Kranj (Slovenia)

SAUDI ARABIA, opposed by SLOVENIA and RUSSIA, said nuclear power is not a mitigation option. Above photo: Aysar Ahmed Tayeb (Saudi Arabia)

The US said that reference to the potential for CCS to “significantly” reduce mitigation costs should be included in the text. Above photo: Trigg Talley (US)

Above photos L-R: Jian Liu, Deputy Secretary IPCC and Renate Christ, Secretary IPCC; Taka Hiraishi, Co-Chair IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories with members of the Japanese delegation; Ken Davidson (World Meteorological Organisation) and Alex Alusa (United Nations Environment Programme)

What are the characteristics of CO2 Capture and Storage?

AUSTRALIA noted the need for the Summary for Policymakers to show that the range of technical options may be greater than those that could legally be used. Above photo: Ian Carruthers (Australia)

The UK, with AUSTRIA, proposed making reference to “secure storage” rather than using numerous references to “leakage”.
Above photo: Jim Penman (UK)

Lead author, Sally Benson,  noted that geothermal areas were not seen as a first choice for carbon dioxide storage in deep underground locations.

DENMARK, opposed by AUSTRALIA, and supported by CHILE and AUSTRIA, called for mentioning biomass in this section. 
Above photo: Jesper Gundermann (Denmark)


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