Carbon Capture and Storage in UK is a Necessity According to Coal Importers
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
The DECC has until now offered Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as an option for the coal industry where it is felt that it should be a necessity. The USA is far ahead with this technology and the UK needs to catch up quickly or will end up being criticised and face embarrassment because of the lack of support for this technology.
The Association of UK Coal Importers (CoalImp) want to see government taking a stronger stand as far as the capture of carbon is concerned and the storage thereof, and is asking for Westminster to do something about the situation. The Association feels that there is still a role for coal in the energy mix but that it has to be in conjunction with CCS. CoalImp is representative of rail, ports and major coal users and has come forward to back figures released by the union TUC and trade body CCSA which has claimed that CCS could be a market opportunity worth £35 billion for the UK by 2030.
The managing director for CoalImp is Nigel Yaxley, who says that in spite of the UK falling behind other countries, there is still a good chance for coal fired power to be part of the energy mix with the use of CCS technology. He has said that attitudes towards coal have been negative in comparison to other countries who view it as secure and affordable. He says that the time has come to put coal back into the mix with the benefit of CCS. He went on to say that coal is the cheapest fuel in the world and is abundantly available worldwide, and should therefore be considered as having a role in energy generation into the future.
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