The Committee on Climate Change has warned that Britain would likely miss its carbon reduction targets if it wouldn’t take concrete steps such as fitting gas-fired power stations with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. Britain has a legal target to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by the year 2050.
The Committee recommended that the government should consider creating a pilot project at one of the gas-fired power stations. It may be noted here that the UK has already started switching from coal-fired to gas-fired power stations in a bid to reduce emissions.
Commenting on the need of CCS technology, the committee's chief executive David Kennedy said, "Under business-as-usual and current market arrangements, our modelling says people will keep building new gas-fired generation beyond 2020, and that's in conflict with de-carbonisation.”
The report prepared by the Committee also said that according to the 2009 IEA CCS Technology Roadmap, as many as one hundred CCS projects would be required by the year 2020. If Britain fits gas-fired power stations with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, it could become the first country to do so.
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