We know carbon capture and storage (CCS) works – Now it’s time to act

A comprehensive report released yesterday outlines a critical role for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Iain Macdonald, Head of Imperial’s Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (IC4S), explains why this technology is vital – and why there’s still time for the UK to lead the world on CCS. Our government has been dragging its feet on carbon capture … Continue reading We know carbon capture and storage (CCS) works – Now it’s time to act

5 things you need to know about… unburnable carbon

Meeting growing energy needs around the globe whilst slashing carbon emissions is a monumental challenge. SSCP-DTP student Clea Kolster discusses a new report that provides fresh evidence of how technologies including carbon capture and storage can help. The International Energy Agency (IEA), the IPCC and the World Bank all agree: carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is key to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions responsible … Continue reading 5 things you need to know about… unburnable carbon

Unconvinced about CCS? Let me tell you more…

SSCP DTP student Clea Kolster (Centre for Environmental Policy) gauges views on Carbon Capture and Storage at the UN climate change conference in Paris (COP21). As a PhD student attending COP21, I arrived eager to take it all in: the politics, the science, the urgent desire to save the planet, the people who are most at risk because of climate change and last, but not … Continue reading Unconvinced about CCS? Let me tell you more…

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Weighing up the evidence on CCS

Dr Sara Budinis and Zara Qadir of the Sustainable Gas Institute review the current state of research on Carbon Capture and Storage. The global climate deal agreed in Paris last week has set ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and limiting global warming. Carbon Capture and Storage, or CCS, is a technology that could prevent large quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) resulting from fossil … Continue reading Weighing up the evidence on CCS

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A New York take on Sustainable Development: Is it feasible?  

By Clea Kolster, PhD student, Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet The term ‘sustainable development’ was first coined in 1987 in the UN’s World Commission on Environment and Development report, Our Common Future. Almost 30 years later, the concept of sustainable development is more relevant than ever. The definition given in the report is, to this date, the most widely accepted modern definition of … Continue reading A New York take on Sustainable Development: Is it feasible?  

Paterson misses the point

By Dr Simon Buckle,  Grantham Institute Owen Paterson’s remarks on the UK response to climate change miss the point.  I do not disagree with him that the UK decarbonisation strategy should be improved.  In particular, there is a need for a more effective strategy on energy demand.  However, my preferred policy and technology mix would be very different to his and include the acceleration and expansion … Continue reading Paterson misses the point

Feasibility and affordability of reducing greenhouse gas emissions

By Ajay Gambhir, Research fellow on mitigation policy at the Grantham Institute The United Nations Climate Summit 2014, to be held in New York on 23rd September, comes at an important point in the calendar for discussions on how to address climate change. Next year will see nations submit pledges on their future greenhouse gas emissions levels, as part of the United Nations process culminating … Continue reading Feasibility and affordability of reducing greenhouse gas emissions

2014 – A pivotal year for CCS?

By Dr Niall Mac Dowell, Centre for Environmental Policy For centuries, all of the world’s economies have been underpinned by fossil fuels.  Historically, this has primarily been oil and coal, but since the mid-1980s natural gas has become increasingly important. Over the course of the last decades, there has been an increasing focus on electricity generation from renewable sources, and since about 1990 carbon capture and … Continue reading 2014 – A pivotal year for CCS?