Carbon emission targets hard to meet without bioenergy and CCS

The UK’s legal commitment to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 80% against 1990 levels by 2050 will be difficult to achieve without bioenergy and carbon capture and storage (CCS), according to a new report from the Energy Technology Institute (ETI).

The report, written by Jo Coleman, the ETI’s director of strategy development, and Andrew Haslett, the institute’s chief engineer, claims the cost of transitioning to a low carbon economy could double without bioenergy and CCS. An affordable transition is possible, but crucial decisions must be made about the design of the system to avoid wasting investment and ensuring the 2050 targets remain achievable, concludes the report.

Haslett says policy decisions taken over the next 10 years are critical if the ...

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