Will we soon be storing CO2 underground in Germany?

Dusseldorf When it comes to the energy transition, the majority of Germans officially want more renewable energies – but just not in their own neighborhood. Opencast coal mining is not possible, nor is fracking in your own country or storing climate-damaging carbon dioxide (CO2) underground.

For years the topic was hushed up in this country, now the debate is being reopened, among others by Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens). It’s about CCS – Carbon Capture and Storage, i.e. the separation and storage of CO2. Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assume that CCS technology is also needed to stay on a path of 1.5 degrees of global warming.

Climate activists warn against this: CCS is mainly used to continue burning fossil fuels. That’s why editor Kathrin Witsch at Handelsblatt Green & Energy talks specifically about what CCS actually is, where the dangers lie and how likely it is that CO2 will be stored in Germany. One of the guest speakers is Klaus Wallmann from the Geomar Center for Ocean Research in Kiel.

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