World's First Standard For Deep-earth Storage Of Industrial Carbon Emissions To Be Developed By Csa

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World's First Standard For Deep-Earth Storage Of Industrial Carbon Emissions To Be

Developed By CSA Standards And IPAC-CO2 Research

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, June 16 /CNW-AsiaNet/ --

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     CSA Standards, a leading developer of standards, codes and personnel

certification programs, and the International Performance Assessment Centre for the

geologic storage of Carbon Dioxide (IPAC-CO2 Research Inc.) today announced a joint

agreement to develop Canada's first carbon capture and storage (CCS) standard for the

geological storage of industrial emissions. Upon completion, the new CCS standard

will be submitted to the Standards Council of Canada for recognition, making it the

world's first formally recognized CCS standard in this area. The new standard will

then be used as a basis for the promotion of international standards.

     "CSA Standards welcomes the opportunity to work with IPAC-CO2 to help

facilitate and support the growth of Canadian and international best

practices, standards and tools for the mitigation of risk in the geological

storage of carbon dioxide," said Bonnie Rose, president, CSA Standards. "This

cooperative process will help provide for and advance global expertise in the

risk assessment of geological CO2 storage projects. This new standard means

that Canada can be a world leader in carbon capture and storage, and we hope

that the world will embrace our approach."

     This new standard will provide essential guidelines for regulators,

industry and others around the world involved with scientific and commercial

CCS projects. Coal, natural gas and oil will remain the world's dominant

sources of energy over the next several decades continuously adding to global

greenhouse gas emissions. On a global scale, approximately 31-billion tons of

CO2 are emitted per year into the atmosphere(1). The International Energy

Agency (IEA) has urged a quick and global push to develop and deploy carbon

capture and storage (CCS) technologies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

     "This is one small but very important step for us to gain public and

regulator confidence in the geological storage of CO2 as a sustainable energy

and environmental option," said Carmen Dybwad, chief executive officer of

IPAC-CO2 Research Inc. "We're very excited to work jointly with CSA Standards,

a not-for-profit membership-based association which has served industry,

government and consumers in Canada and the global marketplace since 1919,"

     CCS is a process consisting of the separation of CO2 from industrial and

energy-related sources, transport to a storage location and long-term

isolation from the atmosphere. Scientists estimate carbon capture units can be

used to reduce emissions from industrial plants by 85 to 95 per cent(2). CCS

is recognized as a key way to mitigate greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. It

can also be used commercially to assist in oil recovery projects. The new

standard will focus primarily on the long-term geological storage of CO2 deep


     "We welcome this important initiative," said Paal Frisvold, project

leader of the Bellona Environment CCS Team. "This is the first of its kind in

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the world and will become a key contribution to designing policies and

mechanisms to enhance the acceleration of CCS deployment in other parts of the


     The Bellona Foundation is an international environmental NGO based in

Norway. Founded in 1986 as a direct action protest group, Bellona has become a

recognized technology and solution-oriented organization with offices in Oslo,

Brussels, Washington D.C., St. Petersburg and Murmansk.

     Large-scale international CCS research pilot projects are being tested

and studied in various areas of Canada and the world. Significant projects

have been underway in Saskatchewan and British Columbia for several years. A

top priority for CCS research is the confirmation that geological CO2 storage

is safe, reliable and an environmentally beneficial practice for the

long-term. Although research projects have been underway for several years,

currently there are no formally recognized national or international standards

for the long-term storage of CO2. Standards are needed to help ensure risks

are identified and addressed.

     CSA Standards has extensive experience in developing international

environmental and carbon dioxide management standards. On behalf of the

Standards Council of Canada (SCC), CSA Standards manages the Secretariat for

the committee that developed the ISO 14000 environmental management and ISO

14064 climate change standards.

     IPAC-CO2 is designed to meet a public and regulatory need in the global

CCS chain by providing an independent performance assessment of geological

storage of carbon dioxide. Carbon capture and storage technology has been

identified by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as one of the

most promising near-term technologies for the rapid reduction of global CO2


     (1) University of Regina, Office of Energy and Environment.

     (2) University of Regina, Office of Energy and Environment. 

     About CSA Standards

     CSA Standards is a leading standards-based solutions organization serving

industry, government, consumers and other interested parties in North America

and the global marketplace. Focusing on standards and codes development,

application products, training, advisory and personnel certification services,

the organization aims to enhance public safety, improve quality of life,

preserve the environment and facilitate trade. CSA Standards is a division of

CSA Group, which also consists of CSA International, which provides testing

and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a

variety of other products; and OnSpeX, a provider of consumer product

evaluation, inspection and advisory services for retailers and manufacturers.

For more information visit

     About IPAC-CO2

     IPAC-CO2 Research Inc., the International Performance Assessment Centre

for the Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide, is a not-for-profit research and

development organization committed to providing independent, objective

information, best practices, advice and assessments to governments, industry

and the public. IPAC-CO2 was created through the efforts of Royal Dutch Shell,

the Government of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina. With over 20

years of experience in developing CCS technology, the University of Regina is

providing a base for the Secretariat. For more information, visit

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     Version française disponible

SOURCE: CSA Standards


     Media contacts: Marco A. Ouji, 

     Media Relations Officer, 

     CSA Group, 



     Joe Ralko, 



     Corporate Communications, 

     IPAC-CO2 Research Inc., 

     306-337-8460 (direct), 

     306-539-9270 (mobile), 


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