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Carbon Capture Ready Means Not Very Ready in the UK

Thursday, May 24, 2007
Source: WWF
Article Type: Cited

Carbon "capture ready" means very little to coal-fired power stations now being considered in Britain, according to a report commissioned by WWF-UK.

How ready is capture ready? prepared by Edinburgh University's Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage (SCCS) explored what the concept often touted by the power industry actually means to the industry, and found little in the way of any substantial commitments.

"Currently, claims of CCS readiness do little more than refer to the need for power plants to leave space on the site for CCS equipment to be retrofitted in the future," says Keith Allott, Head of Climate Change at WWF-UK.

"There's no deadline for conversion to full scale CCS, let alone any guarantee that this would then be met. Reliance on an as yet unproven technology, however promising it may be, is a risky business - the future of the planet's climate cannot rely upon good intentions."

Britain's power sector was responsible for one third of the UK's 180 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2007, and the government is considering an application from power company E.On to build the country's first coal-fired power station in 30 years at Kingsnorth in Kent. If built without CCS in place, Kingsnorth will emit 8 million tonnes of CO2 each year.

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