17 Aug 2009 09:08:18
Energy chiefs call for CCS parity
Fitting carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology should be a requirement for new gas-fired power stations, energy bosses have claimed.
Experts have suggested that rules forcing new coal developments to fit CCS should also apply to gas plants.
EDF Energy told the Guardian that there was no point in the new regulation if it was not adhered to across the sectors.
Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of the organisation, stated: "We have to have a consistent rule applying to everyone. If you want to decarbonise electricity we need to do it [fit CCS to gas plants]."
Joan MacNaughton, senior vice-president at Alstom, added: "Building more 'unabated' fossil fuel plants for years to come would just mean we have a much bigger problem to tackle later on."
Around a quarter of carbon emissions from new coal plants in the UK have to be captured, according to new legislation announced by energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband in April.
Earlier this year, the UK government estimated that CCS has the potential to capture 90 percent of all emissions produced by burning coal.http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/statementemccs...