DG Energy: Without developing clean coal technologies we will lose the challenge of climate change

DG Energy: Without developing clean coal technologies we will lose the challenge of climate change

DG Energy: Without developing clean coal technologies we will lose the challenge of climate change

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 17th of March. 

"CCS should remain a priority; first of all because some Member States are still using and will continue to use coal during a long period [of time]; and in addition in the most important emerging economies coal will remain dominant during decades [..] without developing clean coal technologies we will lose the challenge of climate change. Some funding could come also from revenues of ETS" - said Ristori.

Dick Benschop, President-Director of Shell Netherlands underlined the need for continuation of the NER300 scheme: "The EU ETS can be the main driver for low carbon innovation but it has to be combined with support for innovation [such as] the Horizon 2020 programme and we should continue with the NER300 programme, which is about the next stage of innovation, around deployment of pre-commercial demonstration projects" 

Read more and watch the video of debate highlights at Energy Post website