Carbon Capture and Storage – the if’s

This blog exists to be optimistic, to carry the banner for working to continually reduce the resource intensit of products and services and creating the organizational change that will enable it.

Too many vested interests continue the rush to oblivion that the one planet equation will ensure.

These two links are on carbon capture are broadly for the technology, but both still include the ifs.

  • although there are many economic, technical, and legal barriers to its implementation
  • If it works, CCS will make a huge difference in reducing emissions in China

    We have 20 odd years in the race against the oil curve and too little time and ingenuity to squander


    What is carbon capture and storage?

    Executives and public policy makers should familiarize themselves with the technologies involved in carbon capture and storage (CCS) as they work toward reducing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

    JANUARY 2009

    Climate change has businesses, governments, and nonprofits examining how to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gases while still maintaining economic growth. In plotting the course to a low-carbon economy, they will weigh a number of methods for addressing the various risks and opportunities. Carbon capture and storage (CCS)—or more accurately, the sequestration of carbon dioxide—is an important topic in the emerging field of climate change. It represents one possible approach for stabilizing atmospheric greenhouse gases—although there are many economic, technical, and legal barriers to its implementation. As background for informed discussion, we offer this interactive depiction of the technologies involved in CCS.


    Burying the problem

    British firms are in the vanguard of carbon capture technology and are ready to help clean up the country with the world’s dirtiest air. Heath Reidy reports

    With new power stations going up in China at the rate of one or two a week, the country is looking to, quite literally, clean up its act.

    Now the world’s biggest producer of carbon dioxide, China plans to create low-carbon development zones across its cities to usher in a cleaner future and encourage international companies to develop eco-friendly technology including clean coal.

    In recent times, the UK has gained something of an international reputation as an expert in clean coal technology and companies here are keen to exploit that expertise in China. But they insist that they need government help to do it……………………

    …………………There is no doubt these technologies are providing engineering companies, particularly in the UK, with strong new investment opportunities. If it works, CCS will make a huge difference in reducing emissions in China. But how long will it be before the equipment is installed?

     It is still early days to confidently say that carbon capture will provide a quick and easy solution.

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