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Outcomes of the CO2 Capture and Storage in the Baltic Sea Countries workshop

23 May 2013, Espoo (Finland)
The CGS Europe & CCSP joint workshop titled “CO2 Capture and Storage in the Baltic Sea Countries – Status and future cooperation opportunities” was held in the GTK head office’s Sederholm hall in Espoo May 23. More than 50 participants all over the Baltic Sea area attended the one-day workshop. Keijo Nenonen, Regional Director of the GTK’s Southern Finland Office opened the workshop.
Totally three sessions were organized in the workshop. First session focused on status of geological storage of CO2 and international cooperation, the second session was dedicated to the CCS research in Baltic Sea countries, and the third session was dedicated to the mineral carbonation opportunities.
The last hour of the workshop was reserved to general discussion: the need for fostering the progress of CCS was identified, as the need for geologists to convince and give accurate information for the decision makers in the national, EU and international level. Capture and storage of CO2 is essential for the future, but as the renewables, it is not the only solution, but a crucial part of the many “must have” options that has to be done now.
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Session 1 - Status of geological storage of CO2 and international cooperation
Chair: Vit Hladik (Czech Geological Survey) 
Session 2 - Research on CCS in the Baltic Sea countries
Chair: Samu Valpola (Geological Survey of Finland)
Session 3 - Mineral carbonation
Chair: Sebastian Teir (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
General discussion: Future of CCS in Baltic Sea area, conclusions of the workshop
Lead: Vit Hladik