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carbon capture and storage (ccs)

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

July 22, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

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

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]


Why We Need CCS, Part 4: Carbon Negative Solutions

June 30, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

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

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

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

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]


Carbon Dioxide Can Be A Resource Rather Than A Waste Product

February 19, 2014 by Edward Dodge

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

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

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]

Kosovo Coal Plant Fails President Obama's Climate Plan Test

December 2, 2013 by Justin Guay

Kosovo Coal Plant

President Obama made a pledge in his Climate Action Plan to lead in the fight against climate disruption when he announced an end to financing for new coal plants overseas. His pledge would end public funds - our taxpayer dollars - flowing to new coal plants.[read more]

Selling CCS at a Climate Conference

November 25, 2013 by David Hone

CCS and COP 19

As COP 19 rolls to a close in Warsaw the side events and external (to the formal COP) conference programmes continue. It is through these processes that participants can meet and discuss various aspects related to climate change.[read more]

Carbon Capture and Storage is Coal's Pipe-Dream

November 20, 2013 by Kevin Grandia

A new study released recently at the UN climate conference underway in Warsaw, Poland finds that new coal plants cannot be built if we are to keep global warming below the 2° Celsius threshold. That is, unless the coal industry can deploy commercial-scale carbon capture and storage.[read more]

Carbon Capture and Storage Can Cause Earthquakes, Making It 'A Risky And Strategy'

November 7, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Carbon Capture and Storage Risks

New research suggests that carbon capture and storage (CCS) may actually be a far more limited climate solution than previously thought, due to the fact that it can induce earthquakes, which can eventually end up causing CO2 leakage.[read more]

Carbon Capture and Storage: Ready or Not?

October 23, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Now that the EPA has proposed carbon pollution standards for new coal plants that would end the era of pollution without limits for these monster carbon polluters, coal industry reps are busy proclaiming that cleaning up coal plants is impossible.[read more]