Carbon capture is vital

Carbon capture is vital

On the contrary (42% of UK population unaware of carbon capture and storage – poll, 16 July), it's encouraging that nearly half of us appreciate how vital CCS is as a tool for tackling climate change. We're going to need all forms of energy, including low-carbon options, to meet rising demand. However, CCS is the only technology available to prevent CO2from industry and power generation entering the atmosphere. All elements of CCS, including the capture, transportation and storage of CO2, have been used in the energy industry for decades. We now need to show it can work on a large scale. This will help bring down the cost of the technology and ensure it is commercially available in time to make a material difference to tackling climate change. Shell is committed to demonstrating CCS and we think the UK has a unique opportunity atSSE's Peterhead gas-fired power station, where we are leading the development of a proposed CCS project.

Ed Daniels
Chairman, Shell UK