7 Regulations

This section considers the implications of environmental policies, legislation and regulations for CO2 transport and storage activities in South-East Asia. Specifically, it considers:

  • those parts of these environmental policies, legislation and regulation might positively assist in facilitating CO2 transport and storage and how;
  • those parts of these environmental policies, legislation and regulation might hinder CO2 transport and storage and how; and
  • the main omissions in the material that need to be addressed to facilitate CO2 transport and storage.

To our knowledge, many of the CCS environmental issues (such as log-term liability for CO2, surface rights, measuring, monitoring and verification requirements) that are being actively discussed in the USA, Canada, Australia and other economies are not given equivalent levels of attention in South-East Asia. For example, in Australia, it is intended that all CO2 transport and storage projects will be subject to environmental assessment and approval in the relevant jurisdiction under the appropriate legislative regime.