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CCS power plants could be seen in the market if this is incentivized by regulation and/or if they become competitive with their unabated counterparts, if the additional investment and operational costs, caused in part by efficiency reductions, are compensated by sufficiently high carbon prices (or direct financial support)

The Council committed to cooperate further to address the need for fuel diversification in emerging economies and the importance of transitioning to competitive, safe and sustainable low carbon energy systems, notably through further development and deployment of renewable energies, energy efficiency, and deployment of carbon capture storage and utilisation.

All-Energy 2014, the UK’s largest renewable and sustainable technologies event, returns to the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from 21-22 May, and this year features two enlightening sessions on CCS.

The European Commission’s new Director-General for Energy, Dominique Ristori spoke about the importance of continued support for CCS at a debate about “Putting innovation at the heart of 2030 climate and energy policies” organised by Energy Post in partnership with Shell, on the 17 March. 

Interview with Mike Gibbons, Chair of the Steering Committee of the European CCS Demonstration Project Network

This is an excerpt from an article  published in March edition of  Science and Technology Magazine by Pan European Networks. Read the full article  ‘Capturing Europe’s attention’ here


Member of the European CCS Demonstration Project Network - the Rotterdam Capture and Storage Demonstration Project (ROAD) recently completed a report for the Global CCS Institute identifying the opportunities for integrating carbon capture process with the main power generation process and for optimising the efficiency of the power plant and carbon capture unit.

Whether at United Nations climate change summits or one of the many 'green growth' forums, renewables and energy efficiency are consistently regarded as the solution to global warming. Even the coal industry adopted the efficiency line in its Warsaw Communiqué, released ahead of the UN's climate change summit last November. But a closer look at the global energy system, together with a more refined understanding of the emissions challenge, reveals that fossil fuels will likely remain dominant throughout this century — meaning that carbon capture and storage (CCS) may well be the critical technology for mitigating climate change. 

The European parliament's Strasbourg plenary session has voted to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) with a large majority.

This report focuses on the integration of the existing coal-fired 1 070 MW Unit 3 of Maasvlakte Power Plant (MPP3) with the proposed new 250 MW scale carbon capture plant of the Rotterdam Opslag en Afvang Demonstratieproject (ROAD).

The City Deal will see the Tees Valley become a global pioneer in CCS, with a business model that will not only see investment in the area but also reduce industrial carbon emissions.