Scottish climate change targets “impossible” without lowering carbon capture costs

Scotland will not be able to reach its climate change targets if carbon capture storage (CCS) costs are not reduced. Speaking at a briefing for the Scottish energy landscape, David […]

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By Taryn Nixon

Scotland will not be able to reach its climate change targets if carbon capture storage (CCS) costs are not reduced.

Speaking at a briefing for the Scottish energy landscape, David Rennie, of Scottish Development International (SDI) said: “Without CCS the climate change targets are virtually impossible to achieve.”

CCS is a technhology that captures carbon emissions produced when extracting coal and gas from power plants, the CO2 is then stored where it will not enter the atmosphere, often underground.

Scotland’s current climate change target is an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050.

The recent slump in oil prices is thought to impact on CCS with oil and gas companies expected to cut costs this year.