Assessment of current context, past experiences and potential for CCS deployment in Romania

This report presents an evaluation of the current context and opportunities for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies in Romania, written as part of the CCS4CEE project.

In this report, EPG presents the results of an in-depth analysis of emission sources and CO2 storage potential in Romania, alongside past projects and experience as well as an analysis of the legislative context.

he main message of the report is that CCS technologies can contribute to the reduction of atmospheric CO2 concentration by implementation in industries with hard-to-abate process emissions – industries which are also economically significant for Romania, such as steel and cement. Nevertheless, Romania’s regulatory framework is not fit to enable CCS projects, and there is no national financing framework accessible for CCS projects. Generally, stakeholders engaged by EPG in the CCS4CEE project are favourable towards CCS, but highlight a number of challenges to project implementation, including the lack of coherent support from government and the need for a fit-for-purpose regulatory framework. Last but not least, the social and institutional acceptance dimensions of CCS projects must be considered, and these projects must be implemented with full transparency and an effort to educate and inform the public, particularly communities living around the potential storage sites.

This report is part of the project “Building momentum for the long-term CCS deployment in the CEE region” (CCS4CEE) financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.

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