In Italy, a gas network company Snam and energy group Eni have announced the launch of a project to capture and store 25,000 tons of carbon per year in depleted gas fields.
According to the general director of Snam, Stefano Venier, this will help to decarbonize the enterprises of the country and southern Europe, reports Reuters.
The new carbon capture and storage (CCS) center will be located in Ravenna, it said. It will also be able to be used by French companies, particularly cement and steel companies, to temporarily store CO2 before transporting it to Norwegian CCSs.
The material said that the first facilities of the center will be launched at the end of 2024 or at the beginning of 2025. They will be expanded to account for emissions of local and foreign pollutants.
Part of the environmental community doubts the effectiveness of CCS in combating climate change and preventing disasters. The Center for International and Environmental Law and more than 500 organizations have called on politicians to abandon this method because of the potential danger to the environment and human health.
"In Italy, we follow all the procedures for strategic infrastructure that are dictated by the relevant government structures, for example, patrols have been carried out for some time," Venier said.
Earlier, EcoPolitic wrote, that the US government will provide $3.5 billion in grants to build carbon capture and storage plants, and has increased the tax credit to $180 per ton to support the technology.
As EcoPolitic previously reported, in March the Italian government rejected a number of eco-initiatives, in particular regarding the termination of financing of international fossil fuel projects.