Carbon capture and storage comeback must focus on industry not energy

Boundary Dam Power Station in Estevan, Saskatchewan

Since the Paris climate agreement and its ambitious resolve to keep global warming to 1.5C over pre-industrial temperatures, a number of influential publications have been declaring the death of carbon capture and storage (CCS). But critics fail to make a distinction between CCS for power plants and for industrial manufacturing, writes Charles Digges of the Norwegian NGO Bellona. CCS is the only way to substantially reduce industrial emissions. … [Read more...]

Future is hi-tech, high value-added and non-energy-intensive

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The growth of advanced economies depends increasingly on hi-tech information rather than traditional commodities, writes Fereidoon Sionshansi, president of Menlo Energy Economics and publisher of the newsletter EEnergy Informer. It is no coincidence that ExxonMobil, long the largest US company, is no longer in the top three. “Future growth will depend on every smaller amounts of energy.” … [Read more...]

Renewable energy demand in Europe reaches record levels

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The demand for renewable electricity in Europe based on Guarantees of Origin (GO) validated by the European EECS standard continued to grow in 2015. The growth is up more than 8% from 2014 and surpassed 340 TWh, reports ECOZH, a Norwegian renewable energy supplier. … [Read more...]

Why it’s so difficult to reduce CO2 emissions

People's Climate March, New York 2014 (photo Joe Brusky)

There are a number of factors that make it systematically difficult to reduce CO2 emissions, writes Jilles van den Beukel, a geophysicist and former geoscientist for Shell. He argues that we should not approach the climate problem dogmatically but keep all options on the table, including drastic changes in lifestyle and geoengineering solutions. … [Read more...]

Paris struggles to overcome panic attack about UK’s Hinkley Point nuclear project

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French energy group EDF has postponed giving final approval for construction of the twin 1600 MW Areva EPRs for the Hinkley C project in the UK. Dan Yurman, nuclear expert and publisher of the blog NeutronBytes, discusses the implications of this decision. EDF’s board is expected to meet again in mid-February, but ultimately it is the French government that has to cut the knot, writes Yurman. … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE: EU paints challenging picture of Europe’s nuclear future

employees of the Kosloduy Power Plant in Bulgaria (photo Europe by Satellite)

In a leaked draft document obtained by Energy Post, the European Commission outlines the investments in the EU nuclear industry that it believes are needed out to 2050. The document, originally announced for last year, but off the table again for February, paints a challenging picture for the European nuclear industry. €450-550 billion will have to be spent on new plants and lifetime extensions, costs of decommissioning and waste management are … [Read more...]