To this aim, Ms. Elena Dumitru – State Secretary, MECC pointed out: A new challenge for us are the debates for the structural measures proposed within the EU-ETS Directive and the “Green Papers regarding the new policy frame settlement for climate changes and energy until 2030”, document to be completed by the European Commission in March 2013 and which settles the objectives of reducing GES emissions. At same time, Ms. State Secretary asserted that MECC sustains the business environment and takes part in the common effort toward a carbon negative and competitive economy. More, any project proposal for future call period 2014-2020 will have to include measures for reducing climate changes impact.
One of de-carbonisation solution is to put together CO2 users and emitters interest – this is the Integrated Carbon Management Concept (ICM).
Romanian stakeholders dialogue regarding the development and implementation of ICM technologies was initiated by MECC and representatives of central governmental authorities: Ministry of Economy, Ministry of National Education, Ministry of European Funds, National Agency for Environmental Protection, National Agency for Mineral Resources, National Energy Regulatory Authority; industry representatives: energy industry, metallurgy, chemical industry, food industry; the Association of Energy Utilities in Romania, academic-research and development environment: Bucharest Politehnica University, GeoEcoMar, the Research Center for Macromolecular Materials and Membranes, Centre for Research and Eco – Metallurgical Expertise; civil society organizations representatives: Greenpeace Romania, Green Revolution, Terra Mileniul III.
Concerning the seminar topic, Mr. Tudor Prisecaru – State Secretary, Ministry of National Education, emphasised the crucial role of academic and research environment to identify the solutions by applied research in order to enable the transitions from carbon capture and storage (CCS) to carbon capture and use (CCU).
Civil society, warm supporter of renewable energy sources, stands open for the development and implementation of an Integrated Carbon Management, suggesting to further debate this concept in a series of similar meetings.
The event benefited by the presence of some technologies providers, such as Mr. Peter Arnold, Head of Sales & Marketing, ALSTOM Carbon Capture Germany, who underlined several solutions for CO2 capture and use in some economic area, potentially interested by CO2 as raw material (e.g. energy industry, metallurgy, chemical industry, food industry, pharmaceutical industry, agriculture).
Mr. Peter Arnold highlighted: „Considering the percentage only 1% reusing CO2 emissions in such industries (petrochemicals, food industry, and pharmaceutical industry), agriculture and medical field, carbon capture and storage (CCS) constitutes the reliable technological solution with a CO2 reduction efficiency of 90-95%, although at the moment does not represent a commercial option”.
Mr. Ioan Dan Gheorghiu, Chairman and CEO, ISPE pointed out „Lack of adequate supporting schemes; low CO2 certificates price; reaching the limit of supportability due to the RES supporting scheme and energy price rising; the industrial production and electricity demand lowering on the market do not encourage investments sustentation in innovative low carbon emissions technologies, but climate changes issues become stringency every day. Non action will cost us more!. Today meeting must be the START for national, regional, local debates related to climate changes and energy security”.
Considering the above, Mr. Ioan Dan Gheorghiu asserted the need for a Common Statement to synthesize the exchange of ideas, comments and declarations, during this event in order to be delivered to decision and policy makers.
At the event the media representatives were also present: Agerpres, Finmedia, Green Report, and Info Mediu Europa.
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