Dead and Buried: The demise of carbon capture and storage

Report - 14 May, 2012
Time's up for carbon capture storage

A few years ago you could be excused for thinking that a new era was beginning for coal technology. As awareness grew of the impact of carbon pollution on the world’s climate, coal-fired power faced an “adapt or die” moment.

What followed was a flurry of activity: announcements of pilot projects, impressive websites and slick marketing gave the impression that the coal industry was hard at
work developing Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology. Some bold claims were made about the potential of CCS.

One prediction stated that “by 2030, CCS could be one of the most important carbon abatement technologies”. The International Energy Agency projected the construction of 3,400 CCS projects across the globe (i.e. 90 per year on average) by 2050 in order to halve global carbon pollution.

Dead and Buried: The demise of carbon capture and storage

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