NEW REPORT: Storing CO2 underground will boost CO2 in the atmosphere
If CCS is chosen as a major strategy to reduce carbon emissions from large coal fuelled plants, nearly 90% of emissions expected between 2010 and 2050 from these plants would still reach the atmosphere, according to a new report from NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark. The pdf-version of the report is available from this link: An Assessment of Cumulative CO2 Reductions from CCS
Welcome to CCS-info - NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark´s website on CCS
Deployment of CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) worldwide is probably the hottest dream the fossil industries can come up with at present. Billions of euros and dollars in increased turnover lie ahead if the technology should gain sufficient political endorsement and funding.
On this website we will discuss a number of the most obvious problems associated with this large scale fossil technology.
CCS is not a single technology but a complex of technologies designed to capture CO2 in power plants or heavy industry for subsequent underground storage. CCS is currently still at the demonstration stage. But energy companies and a substantial number of politicians in the industrialized world see an important role for CCS in the fight against climate change - particularly in the coal-based parts of the electricity sector.
The CCS technology, however, raises a number of problems and issues. Among the most important are:
· timing - CCS can not deliver the required CO2 reductions within the required timeframe
· environmental effects - the predominant fuel of the CCS technology will inevitably be coal, which in its own right entails serious environmental effects that will only be increased should CCS ever get real
· climate effects - the technology where applied does not remove all CO2 emissions - the amount of CO2 that is not removed, will in itself have huge climate effects
· economics - the technology is extremely expensive
· financing - the private sector is unlikely to pay for the development of the technology, taxpayers all over the world are assumed to provide crucial financial support
· liability - future generations will inherit the CO2 storage sites and costs associated with monitoring, maintenance and remediation of spills and leakages
· energy planning - CCS has the potential to be a significant competitor to renewable energy technologies in all stages from research and development over demonstration to production and sale
On this website we will attempt to cast some light on the abovementioned issues. We do not pretend to have all the answers - on the contrary, we have seen it as a challenge to call attention specifically to a number of unresolved problems and unanswered questions that the CCS technology raises.
Top image - photo by Bruno D. Rodrigues.