Green coal in the red

Capturing the carbon emitted by utilities and factories has enormous appeal, but the EU has struggled to deal with the technology.

Turning coal into a green fuel is the promise of Carbon Capture and Storage, a technology that scrubs carbon dioxide from power plant emissions and then pumps the greenhouse gas deep underground — but the EU’s hopes of using CCS as a key part of its climate policy have fizzled.

£4.2m for CCS research at Grangemouth

UK and Scottish Governments will provide £4.2 million for industrial research and feasibility work for a proposed full–chain 570 MW Carbon-Capture-Storage (CCS) coal-gasification power station located in Grangemouth, Scotland. £1.7 million from Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and £2.5 million from the Scottish Government will allow Seattle-based Summit Power Group to undertake substantial industrial research and feasibility studies with the ultimate objective of designing, siting, financing, and building their proposed Caledonia Clean Energy Project.

EC communication on Energy Union

The European Commission (EC) has issued a communication that sets out a strategy framework strategy for a “resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy. The EC outlined Energy Union should foster a sustainable, low-carbon and environmentally friendly economy designed to last. Research and Innovation will be at the very heart of this news strategy and actions will be grouped around four core priorities. In addition, the communication states that there is a need for a better collaboration between the Commission and Member States interested in using carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The ever-escalating cost of not pursuing CCS

Global policy makers need to get to grips with the positive implications of embracing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, or else pay an unnecessarily expensive price in order to achieve carbon emission reduction targets. 

Welcome to the US Gulf Coast, home of CO2 storage

Giant sedimentary basins underneath the United States have the capacity to store 500 years' worth of the country's energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, and the biggest are located in the traditional petroleum producing states along the Gulf Coast, according to U.S. government scientists. 

Poland could violate law with new power plants – EU climate chief says

Poland could be breaking EU law if it goes ahead with the construction of two new units at its Opole power plant, Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard suggests. 

Carbon capture and storage could boost Sask. oil recovery revenues to $2B in 2025

Saskatchewan could use carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to boost revenues from enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects from just over $500 million a year in 2015 to more than $2 billion a year by 2025, according to a study by Integrated CO2 Network (ICON).

China and UK forge ties on carbon capture

The UK and China are set to work together to develop low-carbon technologies, in a ground-breaking collaboration on carbon capture and utilisation and storage (CCUS). Scientists from both countries will today sign in London a 10-year memorandum of understanding that aims to advance knowledge around the emerging technology.

EPA begins to gather comments on reducing CO2 emissions from existing power plants

With the first major hurdle of regulation under Obama's Climate Action Plan done, EPA is now reaching out to states in preparation of the next step -- a proposal to cut carbon from the nation's existing power plants. EPA plans to host public sessions around the country this fall to gather community comments, according to the agency's website.

Yorkshire carbon dioxide pipeline plans go on show

Plans to carry carbon dioxide across Yorkshire to the North Sea in a 46-mile (75km) pipeline have gone out to a public consultation. National Grid's plan would see the gas transported underground in liquid form from major power stations in South and North Yorkshire to the east coast. The gas will then be stored in porous rock beneath the seabed. The latest proposals will go on show in exhibitions at nine locations along the preferred route of the pipeline.