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03 Dec 2010 10:12:24

Govt 'must establish emissions performance standard'

Govt 'must establish emissions performance standard'
Introducing a new emissions performance standard for power stations will be essential if the UK is to meet its carbon reduction targets.

That is the finding of a new report by the Committee on Climate Change, which said such restrictions will allow for the development of new technologies, but are likely to increase energy prices.

The committee argued an emissions performance standard would increase investment in renewable technologies and carbon capture and storage (CCS) as it will "provide certainty ... there will be a future market for low carbon electricity".

However, the report also argued an inadequate system could encourage the development of more gas-fired power stations.

Tim Yeo MP, chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, said: "A change in the law to require cleaner power stations is needed to ensure the UK doesn't get left behind with an antiquated, expensive and highly polluting energy system."

Establishing an emissions performance standard, designed to prevent the development of coal power stations without sufficient CCS technology, was outlined in the coalition's programme for government.

The committee said a White Paper on the issue should be presented no later than spring 2011.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800270644-ADNFCR

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