Discussion Paper - Energy Technology Innovation Policy Project, Belfer Center

Proposed Roadmap for Overcoming Legal and Financial Obstacles to Carbon Capture and Storage

    Authors:
  • Wendy B. Jacobs
  • Leah Cohen
  • Leah Kostakidis-Lianos
  • Sara Rundell
| March 2009

Abstract

Many existing proposals either lack sufficient concreteness to make carbon capture and geological sequestration (CCGS) operational or fail to focus on a comprehensive, long term framework for its regulation, thus failing to account adequately for the urgency of the issue, the need to develop immediate experience with large scale demonstration projects, or the financial and other incentives required to launch early demonstration projects.  We aim to help fill this void by proposing a roadmap to commercial deployment of CCGS in the United States.

This roadmap focuses on the legal and financial incentives necessary for rapid demonstration of geological sequestration in the absence of national restrictions on CO2 emissions. It weaves together existing federal programs and financing opportunities into a set of recommendations for achieving commercial viability of geological sequestration.

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For Academic Citation: Jacobs, Wendy B., Leah Cohen, Leah Kostakidis-Lianos, and Sara Rundell. “Proposed Roadmap for Overcoming Legal and Financial Obstacles to Carbon Capture and Storage.” Discussion Paper, 2009-04, Energy Technology Innovation Policy Project, Belfer Center, March 2009.

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