THE NETHERLANDS: Coal-fired power plants to apply CCS

Publish date: July 16, 2009

The Dutch Government has recently established the goal to implement CCS on coal-fired power plants, as reported on the website of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment (VROM, mainly Dutch).

This goal applies to both, plants currently under construction and any future plants. It is defined for the period after the large-scale CCS demonstration projects are completed. Yet it is unclear how the Dutch government plans to achieve it.

“It is welcome that the Dutch government wants to be in the vanguard on CCS, but they are currently being outpaced by the US, UK and other countries that have clearer ideas for how to make CCS mandatory for coal-fired power plants,” Eivind Hoff from Bellona Europa says.