17 Aug 2009 02:08:05
Clean coal criticised by UK Sustainable Development Commission
Efforts to integrate coal into a low-carbon energy mix could become a strong source of discontent in the UK and the rest of the world, it has been claimed.
In an interview with the Guardian, the new head of the Sustainable Development Commission watchdog Will Day urged against the construction of new coal-fired power stations in the UK and a third runway at Heathrow airport.
He called into question claims that carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology would allow for clean power generation using coal.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has claimed that CCS could remove as much as 90 percent of the emissions produced by burning the fossil fuel.
However, Mr Day told the Guardian: "Never use the words 'clean coal'. I do not believe clean coal exists.
"Science is unequivocal about the impact of carbon on our environment. We should not be adding to that problem."
The SDC chief also recommended that foreign flights be made more expensive in order to put people off flying abroad and subsequently reduce the aviation sector's global carbon footprint.http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/pages/climate-change.html