A massive expansion of renewable and regenerative energy is imperative to halt runaway climate change. As is a steep reduction of energy demand through energy efficiency investments, energy storage and smarter infrastructure. But we know this will not be enough. A massive and swift deployment of CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) is also required.
The IPCC 5th Assessment Report states beyond doubt that CCS is crucial and that Bio-CCS – the combination of CCS and sustainable bioenergy that can achieve negative emissions – will be necessary to compensate for the emission cuts we are already failing to make in time.
CO2 emissions are the greatest threat to our climate. CCS must provide the bridge between our current condition and our destination of a low-carbon society. For several energy-intensive industries, CCS is the only available technology to reduce emissions sufficiently in the foreseeable future. Yet until we roll-out CCS on a large scale, power plants and industrial production facilities, old and new, continue to fill the atmosphere with CO2.
Authors: Marika Andersen, Joanna Ciesielska, Jonas Helseth, Øyvind Rinbø, Teodora Serafimova, Keith Whiriskey
Publisher: Bellona Europa