DECC: Proposed Offshore Carbon Dioxide Storage Licensing Regime
(2009)
JNCC Consultation 0953
Submission by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Enclosed is a joint response from JNCC and CCW in reply to the Proposed Offshore Carbon Dioxide Storage Licensing Regime consultation from DECC. Submitted on 15th December 2009.
 
 

Summary of key points

 
CCW and JNCC both provide advice to DECC on nature conservation in relation to the environmental regulation of the offshore oil and gas and renewables industries. We support the extension of this existing environmental legislation framework for the offshore energy industries to cover carbon dioxide storage developments.
 
We endorse the requirement for all carbon storage projects to undertake an environmental impact assessment under amended Offshore Petroleum Production & Pipelines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999. Also as highlighted in the consultation those projects which may have significant adverse effects on any habitat or species protected under the Habitats and Birds Directive will require Appropriate Assessments under the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001 (as amended).
 
From our perspective, one benefit of the current petroleum licensee applying for a carbon storage licence is their knowledge and understanding of the environmental conditions and constraints of the licence area.
 
 
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Please cite as: JNCC Consultation 0953, (2009), DECC: Proposed Offshore Carbon Dioxide Storage Licensing Regime, Submission by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee