Lord Turner advices government to extend CCS technology to gas-fired stations

Lord Turner, the chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, has advised the UK government to extend carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology from coal-fired plants to gas-powered stations.

Carbon capture and storage technology was brought in by previous government to fir up to four new coal-powered stations to cut emissions from fossil fuels.

The report prepared by the Committee has also warned that Britain could miss its carbon reduction targets if it doesn’t fit gas-fired power stations with carbon capture and storage technology.

Britain has a legal target to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by the year 2050.

In the report, Committee’s chairman Lord Adair Turner said, “The path to meeting the UK's 2050 target to reduce emissions by 80pc requires that the power sector is largely decarbonised in the period to 2030.”

The Committee recommended that the government should consider creating a pilot project at one of the gas-fired power stations.

Carbon capture and storage technology, which captures the carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels and store it permanently underground, is claimed to be able to slash emissions by around ninety per cent.