News: December 2015

COP21 Agreement aims at 1.5°C

The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) on climate change fixed a ceiling for limiting the rise in temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as stated in the agreement reached last week. The final text came out from the International conference after two weeks of negotiations, with more than 190 countries committed to the agreement.

Carbon capture and storage: a technological challenge already solved

If the world is to succeed in constraining CO2 emissions to levels consistent with a less than 2°C rise in global temperatures, then Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) will need to contribute about one-sixth of needed CO2 emission reductions in 2050, and 14 per cent of the cumulative emissions reductions between 2015 and 2050 compared to a business-as-usual approach. It is the only technology option other than energy efficiency and shifting the primary energy mix to lower carbon fuels that can deliver net emissions reductions at the required scale.  The IPCC Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report estimated that without CCS the cost of climate mitigation would increase by 138%.