Carbon capture and storage (CCS)

Mather, T. A. (2005) Carbon capture and storage (CCS). Postnote (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology), 238. pp. 1-4.

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As part of the government’s global strategy to address climate change, the 2003 Energy White Paper sets the target of a 60% reduction in UK emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) by 2050, to about 240Mt (million tonnes) per year from 550Mt in 2000.1 Increased energy efficiency and use of renewable energy are the key mechanisms proposed to achieve this. However the White Paper suggests the continuing importance of fossil fuels to ensure security of electricity supplies. Using fossil fuels in a low-carbon economy requires their CO2 emissions be reduced. This POSTnote discusses the potential of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a method of carbon sequestration2, to reduce UK and global emissions, and also the costs, environmental impacts and public perceptions of CCS.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2005 PUBL 2005 AREP IA47
Subjects: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Divisions: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Journal or Publication Title: Postnote (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology)
Volume: 238
Page Range: pp. 1-4
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2011 16:35
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 09:59

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