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18 Jun 2010 09:06:08

Gas CCS in UK recommended by govt committee



Gas CCS in UK recommended by govt committee
An influential committee has recommended to the government that it explores the possibilities for carbon capture and storage (CCS) from gas-fired power stations.

The Committee on Climate Change warned that without such measures, the UK is likely to miss its carbon reduction targets, which currently stand at an 80 percent cut by the year 2050.

Recommendations were given for the government to consider creating a pilot project at one gas-fired power station.

The coalition government has already pledged to use public investment to fund CCS projects at four coal-fired power stations in the UK.

If the plans for gas CCS go ahead, Britain could be the first country in the world to undertake such a project.

Much of the reduction made in carbon emissions in the UK in recent years have largely been down to the switch from coal-fired to gas-fired power stations, which are less carbon intensive.

Last year, Rune Bjornson, head of the gas division at Statoil, told the BBC that if Europe was to convert its coal power stations to natural gas then carbon emissions would be reduced by 40 per cent.
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