CARBON AND CAPTIVITY
MQ Hof 8
AT/CH/NO 2020, Documentary, 33 min., Deutsche OmeU
Director: Oliver Ressler
Director & Production: Oliver Ressler
DOP: Sjur Pollen
Sound: Sjur Pollen, Oliver Ressler
Editor: Oliver Ressler
Text: Oliver Ressler, Matthew Hyland
Narrator: Tim Goldie
Audio studio recording: John Hannon
Color correction: Rudolf Gottsberger
Sound Design & Music: Vinzenz Schwab
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is presented by fossil industries as technofix to prevent catastrophic global warming. The idea is to extract carbon dioxide in the refinery process and to transport and store it in sub-seabed formations. The world’s largest facility for testing carbon capture technologies on an industrial scale is the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) in Norway. This film was recorded there. TCM has operated since 2012 and is a joint venture between the Norwegian state, Equinor, Shell and Total.
The appeal of CCS for the fossil industries lies in the huge new subsidies it promises. The oil and gas should be left in the ground and a fully funded transition to a post-oil economy begun immediately, but the large-scale introduction of CCS would delay the necessary decarbonization, deepening our dependence on the fossil fuel industry.