24 Apr 2009 04:04:09
UK bans new coal plants without CSS
New coal-fired power stations will only be permitted in the UK if they include carbon capture and storage (CSS) technology.
In a reversal of the government's pre-existing policy on coal, Ed Miliband announced a new policy requiring all new plants to capture and bury at least 25 percent of their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a figure that will rise to 100 percent in 2025.
The energy secretary set out plans to carry out a future full-scale retrofit of CSS on existing coal-fired plants once it has been proven that the technology is technically and commercially viable.
It is estimated that CSS could ultimately reduce emissions from fossil fuels by as much as 90 percent.
Mr Miliband revealed that the government intends to create up to four new power stations on Britain's east coast - the first to be built in more than 30 years.
"The future of coal in our energy mix poses the starkest dilemma we face," he added.
"It is a polluting fuel but is used across the world because it is cheap and it is flexible enough to meet fluctuations in demand for power."
The minister claimed that new coal-fired power stations will be necessary to ensure that the UK maintains a "diverse energy mix", but suggested that the government proposals will allow them to be part of a low carbon future.
According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, there will be a 70 percent increase in global demand for coal by 2030.http://tinyurl.com/cjrs6n