With ever-increasing regulation due to the change in climate, carbon, energy storage and waste, packaging has become a major issue. The International Energy Carbon Capture Storage Regulators network has a special interest in providing policy makers with the opportunity to speak with peers in an objective, neutral forum. The policy makers come from a variety of settings which include local, provincial, national, regional and international levels.
Carbon capture storage is a major issue which all countries must be made accountable for. Increasingly we are all coming under pressure to lessen our own personal carbon footprint. The major PLC’s then have a bigger responsibility. The scale of their operations means that they need specialist waste disposal consultants at the very least to make sure they can deal with modern manufacturing and the waste therein, for example the law and regulation of batteries, in particular the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulation which was brought about in 2009.
Producer Responsibility means that the business first placing the battery or product containing a battery, onto the UK market is responsible for the costs of recycling. Under the terms of the Waste Battery and Accumulator Regulations 2009, producers will have to put a collection network in place to recycle batteries and inform the public about that network.
There is increasing interest in developments in Fuel cells and flow batteries (a form of rechargeable battery in which electrolyte containing one or more dissolved electro active species flows through an electrochemical cell that converts chemical energy directly to electricity); this will need further regulation.
Key areas covered by this network include:
- Establishing jurisdiction among different agencies/classifying CO2
- Property rights for CO2 storage and transportation
- Environmental risk mitigation, including public health protection groundwater protection and protection of flora and fauna
- Monitoring and verification methodologies for CO2 retention in storage sites
- CO2 Transport issues, including pipeline access, quality issues and permitting
- Public consultation and acceptance of proposed C)2 storage sites
- Legal status of CO2 when it is stored offshore in international waters.
Did you know that transport accounts for about one quarter of global energy use and energy-related CO2 emissions? In the absence of new policies, transport energy use and related CO2 emissions are projected to increase by nearly 50% by 2030 and more than 80% by 2050. We need to act fast; every year of delay in global efforts to mitigate climate change adds billions of pounds to an ever- increasing bill… The price to humanity is much higher.