22 Jul 2011
The UK is responsible for ca 2.2% of the world's CO2 emissions. If the UK achieves its target of a reduction of 80% of its emissions by 2050, it will at best decrease the world's emissions by 2%. Does anyone think that a 2% reduction is going to help stop climate change considering the expectations that developing countries are going to increase world emissions by 30% out to 2050. During the next 39 years, the world will continue to increase its emissions significantly regardless of what the UK does. Only when the rest of the world signs up to similar targets in percentage terms of their emissions will there be any progress. Until they do, the UK is wasting its time trying to limit CO2 emissions. Bearing in mind that CCS is an energy absorbing process (estimated at 25% of the output of fossil power stations), without producing any useful product, it is clear that CCS is a pointless, expensive activity. CCS arises in the UK, as a result of a poor appreciation by Ministers of the energy problems of the UK. Allowing fossil fuel power stations to continue and increase the cost to the consumer by 25 % is pretty dumb even by UK standards. UK CO2 emissions are being exploited by Government to raise taxes and industry is fooling the politicians into paying for hugely expensive geo-engineering projects such as CCS. Fortunately, CCS will fail, the infra-structure costs to handle the projects will be too large. Money being expended, including this £23M is money wasted. It will be too much to expect that anyone will be brought to account, but that is one consequence of the general ineptness of our Ministers.
I am engaged in working for a company that will use renewable electricity to turn CO2 from the atmosphere into a carbon neutral hydrocarbon fuel in unlimited quantities..The CO2 will be re-cycled around. Eventually our method will reduce the UK's emissions by ca 25%. Further work should enable the UK to become entirely zero carbon. The same technology will be applicable to the rest of the world. Once we start doing this (our expectation is by the end of 2011) then even the most keen proponent of CCS will slink away and deny they ever considered it as an option for fear of the shame.