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Regarding ‘EU agrees billions to fund renewables, CCS‘:

A study recently published by NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark shows that when CCS [carbon capture and storage] is observed over time and across the sectors where it is planned to be applied – when we watch the whole film as opposed to a single snapshot of one power plant or a single year in the far future – it becomes obvious that CCS cannot deliver CO2 reductions that are frequently quoted as 85%.

If CCS is chosen as a major strategy to reduce carbon emissions from coal power plants and coal-fuelled industries, only 10% of the emissions expected between 2010 and 2050 from these plants would be avoided, and nearly 90% of those emissions would still reach the atmosphere, according to the new study.

For the next two decades, the avoided emissions would amount to merely 3% of cumulative emissions (see NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark report entitled ‘An assessment of cumulative CO2 reductions from carbon capture and storage at coal-fuelled plants in a carbon constrained world‘.

The EU and institutions like the International Energy Agency and the IPCC must review their assessment of CCS from that angle, which has not been done to date.

The new report is not about the economy, but it shows why financing CCS by the EU and/or governments is doomed to be a huge misuse of public funds.

Palle Bendsen

NOAH: Friends of the Earth Denmark

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  1. It’s unlikely that CCS will ever be implemented on any large scale. 1000’s of power plants worldwide produce CO2 and to implement CCS would require a similar scale of CCS plant construction, increasing fossil fuel use (to build the plants and maintain them) and increasing the price of electricity.

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