Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The British Government Must Set A Deadline For Closing All Coal-Fired Power Stations

The British government must set a deadline for closing all coal-fired power stations whose smokestack emissions have not been slashed by carbon capture technology, a parliamentary report said.

The Environmental Audit Committee also warned against the government allowing coal-fired power plants to be built that were “CCS ready” — able to be fitted with carbon capture and storage technology once it is commercially proven and available.

“Carbon capture and storage has undoubted potential, but there is a real question about when it will become technologically and, equally importantly, commercially viable,” said committee chairman Tim Yeo.

“We cannot afford to develop new coal-fired power stations when we have no guarantee about when they will be fitted with CCS, if at all,” he added.


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