LONDON – With Europe reeling from heat waves and wildfires, the EU is backing projects to capture industrial emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a key pillar in its fight against climate change. But what if these multi-billion-euro schemes make the problem worse?

This investigation uncovers evidence that the fossil fuel industry plans to use some of the captured CO2 to revive ageing oilfields in the UK and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea – liberating billions of barrels of previously unrecoverable crude oil, and delaying the shift to clean energy.

While carbon capture and storage (CCS) has long been controversial, risks associated with the EU’s CCS plans have barely been discussed. DeSmog aims to break this silence with a series of investigations informing the public and policy-makers of the dangers.

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Team members

Michael Buchsbaum

Michael Buchsbaum is an energy and industry journalist and podcaster.

Michael Buchsbaum

Edward Donnelly

Edward Donnelly is a freelance journalist focusing on energy and the environment.

Edward Donnelly journalist

Matthew Green

Matthew Green is a climate journalist based in London.

Matthew Green - ©Kate Hold


DeSmog was founded in January 2006 to clear the PR pollution that is clouding the science and solutions to climate change.

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Marcel Metze

Marcel Metze (1952, The Netherlands) has been working as a journalist since 1980.

Marcel Metze

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