Legislative instrument details: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Directive

Legal name Directive 2009/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the geological storage of carbon dioxide and amending Council Directive 85/337/EEC, European Parliament and Council Directives 2000/60/EC, 2001/80/EC, 2004/35/EC, 2006/12/EC, 2008/1/EC and Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006
Short name Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Directive
CELEX reference 32009L0031
Identification number 2009/31/EC
Issued by European Parliament and Council
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Valid from 25/06/2009
Abstract Carbon capture and storage (CCS) refers to the process by which from large sources like power plants, CO2 is captured, compressed and transported to and injected into geological storage sites, which are generally deep underground layers of porous rock capped with impermeable rock, in ways that ensure the CO2 does not leak out into the atmosphere. The geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) can prevent and minimise the harmful effects of climate change. This directive establishes rules to ensure this practice is done safely.
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Geographic scope EU Member States, Text with EEA relevance