Carbon capture progress has lost momentum, says energy agency


Meeting of senior ministers in Beijing hears that CCS is being left behind due to financial crisis and weakening political will

The US secretary of energy, Steven Chu, right, at the fourth Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) in Beijing.

The US secretary of energy, Steven Chu, right, at the fourth Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) in Beijing. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

The financial crisis and fading government support for climate action have seriously eroded global plans to capture and store carbon, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned on Thursday.

Sequestration – the depositing of greenhouse gases underground rather than into the atmosphere – was supposed to account for a fifth of the world’s emissions reductions under the agency’s roadmap for keeping global temperature rise within 2C (4F) by the end of the century.

But delegates including the US energy secretary, Steven Chu, heard at a meeting, held in Beijing, that the global temperature is on course to rise by 3.5C, due to poor progress both on carbon capture and storage, and on acceptance of a carbon price and other carbon-cutting efforts.

IEA deputy executive director, Richard Jones, told the meeting, hosted by the Washington-based Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, that this would wreak havoc on human wellbeing. He added that time was running out to avoid this scenario because of slow progress on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).

More (Click here),, guardian.co.uk, Thursday 22 September 2011

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One Response to Carbon capture progress has lost momentum, says energy agency

  1. Alan Burke says:

    I wonder what impact this will have on:

    Carbon Mitigation

    Natural Resources Canada: Canada’s Fossil Energy Future: The Way Forward on Carbon Capture and Storage (pdf)

    See also other links on that page:

    SciAm In-Depth Reports: A Guide to Carbon Capture and Storage
    Can carbon capture and storage save the climate from the consequences of fossil fuel burning?

    2009-04-06 Can Carbon Capture and Storage Save Coal?
    Capturing carbon dioxide may be the only hope to avoid a climate change catastrophe from burning fossil fuels

    2009-04-07 Slide Show: What Does Carbon Capture and Storage Look Like?
    From the North Sea to Texas, this slide show looks at existing technology to take the carbon dioxide out of coal burning and other fossil fuel use

    2009-04-08 Storing the Carbon in Fossil Fuels Where It Came from: Deep Underground
    Burying greenhouse gas may be the only way to avoid a climate change catastrophe

    2009-04-09 Enhanced Oil Recovery: How to Make Money from Carbon Capture and Storage Today
    The U.S. oil business has been using carbon dioxide to pump extra oil out of reservoirs for 36 years –and permanently storing some CO2 in the process

    2009-04-10 How Fast Can Carbon Capture and Storage Fix Climate Change?
    Carbon capture and storage is not being widely built today; the primary problem–it is expensive

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