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Carbon capture technology loses out in Germany

Carbon capture technology loses out in Germany | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Fossil-fueled power plants are the biggest greenhouse gas emitters worldwide. Modern gas capturing methods could make them more climate-friendly. But there's a risk to it, and Germany has decided to scrap it altogether.
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Some five years ago, carbon capture and storage was hailed as the solution to our climate and energy problems just as shale gas and oil is now the miracle cure for energy security. Both cases will go down in future history as the last gasps of a too powerful fossil fuel industry stuck in the 20th century..

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Carbon Capture and Storage Plans in Europe Face Doubts

Carbon Capture and Storage Plans in Europe Face Doubts | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The European Union’s long-term energy plans rely on an untested technology, known as carbon capture and storage, that has attracted weak support.

 

Very good NY Times article on failing investments and support for CCS in Europe.

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CCS in Europe under serious threat

"Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is facing strong headwinds in Europe. EU member states have so far failed to translate an EU CCS law into national legislation. In the UK, a prestigious demonstration project has been cancelled. The European Commission still supports CCS, but sees an important role for it only after 2030. Too late, say beleaguered industry representatives. They fear that the momentum for CCS will be lost and key players will desert their CCS activities if policymakers don't take firm action soon."

 

Excellent overview of the state-of-play on CCS in Europe in this article in European Energy Review.

 

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Carbon capture progress has lost momentum - the Guardian

Carbon capture progress has lost momentum - the Guardian | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The International Energy Agency is warning that CCS is being left behind due to financial crisis and weakening political will...

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Carbon capture in Europe a 'farce', say researchers

Carbon capture in Europe a 'farce', say researchers | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Several years of stalled progress means EU should consider adopting a target for CCS to accelerate the technology
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Now that the big fossils fuel companies have won their secret war against strong climate policies, why would they invest in these technologies?

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Energy: Roadmap 2050 - European Commission

Energy: Roadmap 2050 - European Commission | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

On 15 December 2011, the European Commission adopted the Communication "Energy Roadmap 2050". The EU is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050 in the context of necessary reductions by developed countries as a group. In the Energy Roadmap 2050 the Commission explores the challenges posed by delivering the EU's decarbonisation objective while at the same time ensuring security of energy supply and competitiveness. 

 

Despite some unrealistic assumptions in the modelling, the EU Commission study demonstrates that a high renewables and energy efficiency scenarios would not cost Europeans more than business as usual.

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The case against CCS

"Governments all over the world are spending billions to build a massive carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure. This money would be much better spent on helping to develop renewable energy, argue Peter Droege, Professor of Sustainable Spatial Development at the University of Liechtenstein and and urban planning consultant Matthew Ulterino. A plea for governments and research groups to rethink their CCS pledges."

Excellent article in European Energy Review

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Cleaner Coal Faces an Uncertain Future - Technology Review

Cleaner Coal Faces an Uncertain Future  - Technology Review | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
More and more carbon capture and storage projects get scrapped. Is it time to write off CCS?
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