Carbon, capture and storage - a new solution or another problem?
A study compiled by a Danish Professor, presented at the Klimaforum09, exposed carbon capture and storage (CCS), where the carbon emitted by coal fired power stations is stored underground, as a false solution to climate change.
The event was hosted by Friends of the Earth Denmark in collaboration with Brian Vad Mathiesen, an assistant Professor at Aalborg University in Denmark. The Professor looked objectively at the case for and against CCS.
Firstly, Palle Bendsen informed us that the technology won't be ready until at least 2020 and not on a large scale until 2030. It's worth bearing in mind that 2020 is the date that countries are committing themselves to achieve large emissions reductions.
The Professor's presentation revealed some fascinating facts about CCS that never seem be raised by the people promoting this 'solution'.
Around 40% more coal will need to be burned just to enable the carbon dioxide to be captured and stored,
There are also added social impacts with CCS. In addition to the negative impacts of coal on the local population, there will now also be an impact on the people who live on land slated for the captured carbon facility. They will have to be evicted.
Professor Mathiesen said: "In Denmark at the moment a community of farmers need to be relocated to make way for a storage facility. They don't want to go and so the project has been delayed due as a result of their appeals."
At least in Denmark there is the benefit of an appeal. This can't be guaranteed for projects being developed elsewhere.
And finally, the money. It is estimated that a coal fired power station with carbon capture storage will take fifty years to achieve a return on investment.
With these stark facts laid out CCS clearly has to be exposed as a totally false solution to climate change.