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Explaining Carbon Capture and Storage

October 6, 2014 by David Hone
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Carbon Capture and Storage

Few of us have the time to really think about an issue such as climate change, let alone read books on the subject or attend seminars, lectures and climate conferences, although quite a few of these don’t mention CCS at all and some barely acknowledge the need for a carbon price.[read more]

SaskPower Unveils First Commercial-Scale, Coal-Fired Power Plant to Capture Carbon

October 1, 2014 by Doug Vine
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Carbon Capture Implementation

For perhaps the first time ever, a large-scale, coal-fired power plant is capturing carbon dioxide in order to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere, which could be a milestone for a technology that will most likely be critical to addressing climate change.[read more]

Recent Expert Reports: Diverse Zero Carbon Options Needed to Manage Climate

September 23, 2014 by Armond Cohen

Decarbonization and Immediate Necessity

Climate Week is a useful moment to review some recent expert reports suggesting the need for a broad suite of zero carbon energy technologies to manage climate change. In particular, these reports highlight the potentially critical role of CCS and nuclear alongside such options as wind and solar.[read more]

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Are Carbon Capture and Storage and Biomass Indispensable in the Fight Against Climate Change?

September 9, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Capture, Biomass, and Climate Change

According to an international effort to comparing 18 models of the global energy-climate-economic system, efforts to mitigate climate change may depend on two technologies: the ability to capture carbon from power plants and industrial facilities and store it in geological formations and to derive energy from biomass.[read more]

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Will CO2 Emission Standards Spur Carbon Capture Technology?

August 13, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Emissions Regulation and Carbon Capture

CO2 emissions standards for power plants in the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere may not spur the use and development of carbon capture technology; tighter or looser standards would work better to drive technology adoption.[read more]

Why we Need CCS - Part 5: Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future

July 22, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Carbon Capture and Sustainable Energy

If climate science is correct, the world has little choice other than aggressive pursuit of the bridge technologies of CCS and bio-energy through a true technology-neutral CO2 mitigation framework. Pursuing renewables and nuclear power as a primary climate change mitigation strategy can do much more harm than good in the long run.[read more]

US and China Agree to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

July 18, 2014 by Edward Dodge

US and China's CCS Agreement

China is the world’s largest coal producer and consumer and the world’s leading emitter of carbon dioxide emissions. China is also the world’s most populous country and is suffering from high pollution levels due to its unrestrained fossil fuel use.[read more]

CCS Is Not an Option, It's a Requirement (and an Opportunity)

July 7, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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CCS and Future Environmental Risk

In the past I have been extremely skeptical of carbon capture and sequestration, CCS, but recently my opinion has evolved based on the sober conclusion that hydrocarbon fuels simply are not going away. Both supply and demand for coal, oil and gas continue to grow globally.[read more]

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Why We Need CCS, Part 4: Carbon Negative Solutions

June 30, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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CCS and Carbon Negative Solutions

If climate science proves to be correct and the 450 ppm scenario is confirmed as a global priority in the medium-term future, we will probably require a very large scale deployment of CO2 negative technologies from the middle of this century. According to the IPCC, CCS will play a very important role in this regard.[read more]

Opinion: EPA Acknowledges CCS Potential but Fails to Create Right Investment Incentives

June 11, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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CCS and the EPA

In general, when discussing global progress on climate change the ideas often floated have two starting points: They either propose a carbon tax on emissions – meaning that a price is basically set for the extraction as well as the burning of fossil fuels – or they set the level of admissible emissions.[read more]

Why We Need CCS, Part 3: Coal

June 10, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Coal Consumption and CSS

 

While one of the most hated commodities on earth, coal is the world's most rapidly growing energy source over the course of the 21st century. Given the growth ambitions of the developing world, this trend is set to continue, creating an even greater need for a rapid CCS rollout over coming decades.[read more]

Why We Need CCS, Part 2: Reactive Climate Change Mitigation

May 7, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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CCS Necessity

Based on historical trends, a climate change policy environment of delayed/ineffective proactive action followed by a somewhat desperate reactive push towards rapid decarbonization appears to be the most likely scenario. CCS is especially well suited for such a rapid reactive decarbonization effort.[read more]

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Carbon Dioxide Can Be A Resource Rather Than A Waste Product

February 19, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Carbon Dioxide Resources

China and India are adding coal faster than all other power sources. Nuclear power could displace a lot of coal use but faces years of political and technical headwinds and the industry will be challenged to maintain market share in the near term as older plants face decommissioning.[read more]

Why We Need CCS, Part 1: The Basics

February 18, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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CCS Basics

CCS is often neglected as a low-carbon energy option next to renewables and nuclear. Part 1 of this three-part article will make the basic case why CCS is highly likely to actually play a very prominent role in a future climate-constrained world.[read more]

What Happened to Carbon Markets in Warsaw?

December 5, 2013 by David Hone
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Warsaw and Carbon Markets

While there was plenty of talk at COP 19 about financing, national ambition, increasing pre-2020 ambition and adaptation, another core subject that struggled for high-level attention (the other one being CCS) was the idea of carbon pricing, specifically delivered through carbon markets.[read more]