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Carbon dioxide capture and storage as clean development mechanism project activities - SBSTA agenda item 9(c)

After considering the report by the CDM Executive Board on the proposed CDM methodologies, the workshop and public inputs, the COP/MOP, by its pdf-icon decision 1/CMP.2, (paragraph 21) first requested intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations and then Parties (paragraph 22) taking into consideration the above submissions, to provide information to the secretariat on the following nine (9) issues in this decision concerning the consideration of carbon dioxide capture and storage as clean development mechanism project activities:

(a) Long-term physical leakage (seepage) levels of risks and uncertainty;
(b) Project boundary issues (such as reservoirs in international waters, several projects using one reservoir) and projects involving more than one country (projects that cross national boundaries);
(c) Long-term responsibility for monitoring the reservoir and any remediation measures that may be necessary after the end of the crediting period;
(d) Long-term liability for storage sites;
(e) Accounting options for any long-term seepage from reservoirs;
(f) Criteria and steps for the selection of suitable storage sites with respect to the potential for release of greenhouse gases;
(g) Potential leakage paths and site characteristics and monitoring methodologies for physical leakage (seepage) from the storage site and related infrastructure for example, transportation;
(h) Operation of reservoirs (for example, well-sealing and abandonment procedures),dynamics of carbon dioxide distribution within the reservoir and remediation issues;
(i) Any other relevant matters, including environmental impacts;

The SBSTA, at its twenty-seventh session, took note of and considered the submissions from Parties and accredited non-governmental organizations and agreed to request the secretariat to prepare a synthesis report on these, highlighting the technical, methodological, legal and policy issues therein, for consideration at its twenty-eighth session (June 2008). It also invited Parties, intergovernmental organizations and accredited non-governmental organizations to submit to the secretariat, by 16 June 2008, their views on, and including but not limited to, technological, methodological, legal, policy and financial issues additional to those referred to in above, and in particular reflecting the informal discussions that took place during the twenty-seventh session of the SBSTA, highlighting the particular concerns of Parties. It further requested the secretariat to prepare a synthesis report based on these submissions. This synthesis report, along with the first synthesis report, shall be considered by the SBSTA at its twenty-ninth session (December 2008).

Related submissions, documents and latest conclusion pertaining to this issue:


  • pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2007/MISC.18 Consideration of carbon dioxide capture and storage as clean development mechanism project activities. Submissions from Parties.
  • pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2007/MISC.18/Add.1 Consideration of carbon dioxide capture and storage as clean development mechanism project activities. Submissions from Parties. Addendum.
  • pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2007/MISC.18/Add.2 Consideration of carbon dioxide capture and storage as clean development mechanism project activities. Submissions from Parties. Addendum.
  • pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2007/L.19 Carbon dioxide capture and storage in geological formations as clean development mechanism project activities. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair.