Carbon recovery and storage is a costly “distraction” and climate goal, according to a study released by two prominent environmental groups that question one of the major “green” technologies supported by Boris Johnson. The British Prime Minister will develop four CCS schemes in the UK by 2030 as part of the “Green Industrial Revolution” plan and £ 1 billion in public funding to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050. Johnson wants the UK to become the “world leader” in technology that captures carbon dioxide from sources such as power plants and industries and stores it in facilities such as salt aquifers and depleted oil fields. The government says CCS will create thousands of jobs and “make it environmentally friendly, reduce carbon emissions, keep supplies safe and keep consumer energy costs low.” I did. However, participants in the Global Witness and Friends of the Earth Scotland campaign said reliance on CCS, especially decarbonization of energy systems, is “not a solution” to global warming. They published a treatise from the Tyndall Manchester Climate Change Research Center on Monday, stating that CCS proves that it has a “history of over-promise and under-delivery.”
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CAMPAIGNERS have warned the Scottish Government’s blueprint to cut carbon emissions “isn’t remotely credible” after new research highlighted gaping holes the SNP’s key strategy. Ministers have pledged that Scotland will become carbon neutral by 2045 – five years ahead of a UK Government promise. MSPs have also committed to reducing Scotland’s carbon emissions by 75 per cent of 1990 levels by 2030.
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With significant reliance being placed on Carbon Capture and Storage technology in Scottish and UK Government climate plans, together with Global Witness we commissioned research from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. The research states that significant CCS cannot be expected in the energy sector until the 2030s at least. In the context of increasingly constrained carbon budgets, the Scottish and UK Government are placing reliance over the next decade on this technology that has a track record of over-promising and under-delivering.
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