Greenpeace today welcomed a Special Report on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calling it a long awaited clarification of the limits of the technology as a means to combat climate change.
The report, which studies the options for capturing CO2 from
fossilfuel and storing or disposing of it under the ground or
oceans, wasformally accepted at a meeting of Working Group III of
the IPCC inMontreal on 24 September (1).
"This report confirms what we already suspected' said
GreenpeaceGermany Climate and Energy Campaigner Gabriela von
Goerne. "There arestill far too many questions about environmental
risk, safety and costsfor CCS to be deployed on a scale that would
make it economicallyviable"
"It will simply not be ready in time to provide us with the huge
nearterm emissions cuts that we need in order to avoid catastrophic
The report found that the most effective use of CCS could be in
theelectricity sector but that this technology would likely only
bedeployed at a large scale in the second half of this century.
"It seems ironic that this technology, which is so frequently
promotedby some governments and industries as part of a 'voluntary'
package toreplace the Kyoto Protocol, can only succeed within a
mandatory 'capand trade' regime that would keep the price of carbon
high" said vonGoerne.
"CCS might be an option in the future when all the questions
have beenanswered and problems ironed out but there is an urgent
need forimmediate action. That action should be the massive and
widespreaddeployment of available renewable energy and energy
efficiencytechnologies combined with energy conservation," she
Other contacts: Dr. Gabriela von Goerne, Greenpeace Germany Climate and Energy Campaigne (one of the Report's authors) +49-1718780839Steve Sawyer, Greenpeace International Policy Advisor +31-65350-4715Stephanie Tummore, Stephanie Tunmore, Greenpeace International Policy Advisor (in Montreal), + 44-7796947451
Notes: (1) Formal approval on Monday morning by the full IPCC Plenary in Montreal.
Exp. contact date: 2005-09-30 00:00:00