Switzerland approves undersea CO2 storage to combat climate change

Switzerland approves undersea CO2 storage to combat climate change

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The protocol, which covers 53 countries, explicitly bans the export of waste or other matter to other countries for dumping or incineration at sea.

However, the 2009 amendment exempts CO2 for storage in sub-sea geological formations from this general export restriction.

“By approving this amendment, the Federal Council is facilitating the export of CO2 for sub-sea storage from 2024, removing a key obstacle to achieving climate neutrality,” the government said.

Carbon capture and storage technology is complex and expensive, but has been advocated by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency as essential to addressing global warming.

However, some environmentalists have expressed concern about the risk of leakage and warned that the technology could provide justification for the continued use of fossil fuels and distract from needed investments in renewable energy.

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