The COP15 summit in Copenhagen has recognised the real risk and costs of pursuing CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) and will exclude it from the UN approved list of carbon reduction strategies [link].
CCS does sound great in principle doesn’t it? A technical solution that the West could sell, and sell into Asia that would solve all our problems. However, many years after the CCS idea was conceived nobody has yet managed to build and continuously operate a single CCS plant, that says a lot about this technology. Also generation efficiency is reduced by 30% that translates in to a need to build 1/3 additional capacity just to maintain the status quo.
COP15 denial of CCS can only be good news, energy efficiency improvements are certainly more viable options and very cost effective alternative.
– John Herbert, Consultant, Kelcroft E&M Limited
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