A CCS wake-up call

(EurActiv, 28 Feb 2019) Reaching net-zero emissions means not only decarbonising the electricity system but the whole energy system. And Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) will be necessary to achieve that, writes Guloren Turan.

Guloren Turan is the general manager for advocacy and communications at the Global CCS Institute.

The IPCC 1.5 report has set the tone. We are in a race against time to avoid the dangerous consequences of climate change. Current estimates predict that the world is on the way to 3.0°C. Despite strong scientific evidence, the reality of an open and pragmatic conversation about solving the decarbonisation challenge seems out of reach.

The reality is simple. Net-zero will require a whole variety of measures: low-carbon and renewable energy, decarbonisation of industrial sectors, as well as carbon removal technologies, including carbon capture and storage (CCS). Net-zero means not only decarbonising the electricity system but the whole energy system.

In the road to net-zero, CCS alongside other climate action solutions will be necessary. In the IPCC SR15 Report, three of the four pathways include CCS and bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) as necessary mitigation technologies.

The Paris Agreement calls for a balance between anthropogenic sources and removals by sinks.  A unique feature of CCS is that it can manage both the flow- ongoing emissions – and the stock – the atmospheric CO2 concentration. This set of technologies is an important man-made, therefore manageable, emissions sink that can also enable critical future production of energy with a negative carbon footprint.

Despite strong support by internationally respected organisations – including the IPCC, IEA, UK Committee on Climate Change – and while consistently included in climate scenarios – myths and misconceptions continue to cloud CCS discussions in Europe.

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