Report by University College London: "The role of CCS in meeting climate policy targets"

Oct 24 2017

The Global CCS Institute commissioned the independent report which examines policy issues in the deployment of CCS, in accordance with global commitments to limit temperature increases to below 2 and 1.5 degrees Celsius.

It outlines comprehensively the arguments made for and against CCS deployment, examines the experience of CCS deployment to date in a range of countries, draws lessons from other analogous technologies, and explores findings from integrated energy systems modelling.

It finds that CCS should be seen as an important component of a portfolio of mitigation technologies for meeting climate change targets.

The report finds that although CCS is not without risks or uncertainties, the available evidence suggests that the risks of CCS not being available as part of a portfolio of mitigation options to address climate targets, are greater than the risks of attempting to develop it.

As such, CCS should be considered a critically important part of any strategy for limiting temperature rise to 2°C, and even more so for limiting temperature rise to 1.5°C.

Co-author Professor Paul Ekins, UKERC Co-Director, said the report found that pursuing CCS requires a whole-chain innovation systems approach, including coordination of actors and infrastructure, and attention to legislative and regulatory frameworks.

The report is intended to inform a wide variety of stakeholders on the relative importance of the full set of policy instruments available to promote CCS and emission reduction technologies more generally.

The report was led by authors Dr Nick Hughes and Professor Paul Ekins at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, as part of a consortium that drew in other world-leading expertise from the UCL Energy Institute, UCL Faculty of Laws, University of Edinburgh and the UK Energy Research Centre. The project team brought together extensive experience on CCS technology, legal and regulatory issues connected to CCS, low-carbon energy policy-making, energy systems analysis and the governance of energy technologies.

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