The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has told UK Energy Minister Amber Rudd that the cost of meeting the 2050 de-carbonisation target will be twice as high without a carbon-capture and storage programme. The CCC letter points out that their proposed budget to 2032 is a minimum, and suggests that government must be prepared to do more, not less, in order to reduce total UK domestic carbon emissions in line with the Paris agreement objectives. The committee also notes that increased decarbonisation ambition will be needed by the European Union. In short, we need to make more reductions. For that, CCS is essential and an urgent plan is needed for a minimum of 7GW clean power by 2030, and support for industry decarbonisation.
Scottish Energy News 1st Feb 2016 read more »
National Audit Office to investigate taxpayer value for money in George Osborne’s scrapping of CCS and question plans to secure UK energy supply. The spending watchdog said it would be looking into the expenses incurred in running, and then prematurely halting, a CCS auction. It will also examine how the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) plans to secure the country’s future energy needs.
Guardian 31st Jan 2016 read more »