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Carbon capture and storage regulatory test toolkit for Romania

17th November 2011

Topic(s): Carbon capture, Use and storage (CCUS)

In the context of Romania’s Getica CCS Application for NER300 funding, the carbon capture and storage (CCS) regulatory toolkit was deployed to help the Romanian Government test and improve the legislative framework governing the implementation of CCS projects in Romania. The purpose of the toolkit is mainly to identify capacity issues and gaps and/or overlaps in the permitting process in order to streamline it.

Romania transposed EU Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide through Government Emergency Ordinance (GEO) no. 64/2011. GEO no. 64/2011 sets out the regulatory framework for CCS in Romania which was subject to the regulatory review under the CCS regulatory toolkit.

The Toolkit was developed by the Global CCS Institute based on a test exercise to assess the existing regulatory and consenting framework for CCS in Scotland. The Institute was involved throughout the Scottish project and, in conjunction with Edinburgh University, developed a generic toolkit which may be applied by other governments.

The Toolkit is designed to allow a detailed evaluation of the adequacy of pre-existing regulatory practices to regulate the entirety of the CCS chain, which in turn will enable governments and regulators to swiftly address gaps and obstacles to the deployment of the technology.

In terms of the Romanian application, the CCS regulatory test toolkit has two main components: (i) the regulatory matrix identifying the permits, approvals and authorisations required for implementing CCS projects from planning and construction to decommissioning (matrix), and (ii) the workshop whereby the matrix is formally submitted to the attention of the public authorities which are invited to comment upon the matrix.

As part of the Romanian CCS regulatory toolkit, based on the legislation in force as of the date of drafting the matrix, Salans prepared the matrix which was formally submitted to the attention of the Romanian public authorities during the workshop organised on 21 and 22 July 2011 in Poiana Brasov, Romania. The authorities were invited to comment on the matrix.

This report summarises: (i) the principles upon which the matrix was drafted, (ii) the action plan for organising the workshop, and (iii) the outcome of the workshop.

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