Welcome to the website on the review of Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide (Carbon Capture and Storage Directive – “CCS Directive”).

The stakeholder workshop will be taking place on Monday 8th September 2014 (10.30am – 16.30pm) in the Conference Centre Albert Borschette, Brussels, and is now open for registration on the 'Stakeholder Meetings' page of this website. Workshop documentation and agenda are available here.

The CCS Directive establishes a legal framework for the environmentally safe geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) to contribute to mitigating climate change. The CCS Directive aims to ensure that there is no significant risk of leakage of CO2 or damage to health or the environment, or to prevent any adverse effects on the security of the transport network or storage sites. The Directive lays down requirements covering the entire lifetime of a storage site. The Directive contains also provisions on the capture and transport components of CCS.

The CCS Directive contains a review provision (Article 38) that requires the European Commission to review the application of the CCS Directive. The European Commission has a deadline of 31 March 2015 to submit the next Implementation Report to the European Parliament and to the Council as a review report on the implementation of the CCS Directive.

The CCS Directive review will  involve consideration of the broader EU energy and climate change policy context and CCS related policy and legislative activities by the European Commission and Member States. The main objectives under the review of the CCS Directive are to assess  the effectiveness, efficiency,  ease of application and legal practicality of several of the CCS Directive provisions, as well as to provide an assessment on how the enabling policy of CCS at European level has in practice worked out so far. 

To thoroughly and correctly review the CCS Directive, the European Commission intends to collect and to analyse significant amount of data, to run consultations with stakeholders, and to properly assess complex technical, environmental, economic, legal and social aspects.

The activities under this evaluation started in April 2014 and are led by Triple E Consulting (Netherlands), in cooperation with Ricardo-AEA (United Kingdom) and TNO (Netherlands).

To ensure that all required aspects and impacts of the Directive will be properly assessed and that all action will be based on reliable and up-to-date data, this study shall provide the European Commission with the necessary background information and analysis so that it will be supported to carry out the review and to prepare for the next phases of the process, including where appropriate the preparation of a proposal for revision, together with the accompanying Impact Assessment, or, where appropriate, preparation of guidance documents.

Stakeholder registration

If you would like to receive regular updates on the activities and invitations to stakeholder events, please, register here.