Response to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee inquiry on Carbon Capture and Storage
||Haszeldine, S,Chalmers, H, Gibbins, J, Markusson, N, and Skea, J Response to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee inquiry on Carbon Capture and Storage. 2008. |
||Haszeldine, S,Chalmers, H, Gibbins, J, Markusson, N, and Skea, J|
- Carbon capture and storage (CCS) can be a critical CO2 reduction technology for the UK. CCS is now commencing the early pre-commercial demonstration stages worldwide, with the objective of widespread commercial deployment by 2020 - 2025.
- Capture ready design is a very important set of practical actions during the design and building of new power plant, which can be utilised at a later date, to enable the avoidance of “locked-in” high carbon emissions in future.
- BERR has already given Section 36 planning consent to Natural Gas Combined Cycle (NGCC) power plants including a condition that they are capture ready, but without a clear definition of this condition.
- The Kingsnorth plant is currently awaiting a decision on capture ready requirements for coal-fired power plants in the UK. This has become a focus for objectors.
- A wideand encompassing specification of capture ready is needed, to ensure feasible conversion to CCS, when it is required by regulation and/or economically justified.
- It is very unlikely that a CCS plant will operate in the UK until additional costs are covered by appropriate financial support.
- Many estimates exist of the support needed to avoid losses on demonstration plant, typically stated to be a total of € 70-100 per ton CO2. Several approaches are suggested here to regulate or incentivise CCS.