By CASSIE WERBER
LONDON -- Technology that traps and stores the
carbon generated by burning fossil
fuels could become cheaper and make it competitive with
renewable technology, a UK
government-sponsored report showed Thursday.
The Cost Reduction Task Force, which authored the report,
found that carbon capture and storage
technology could be a viable option for the UK government in
meeting its carbon reduction targets.
The report estimated that CCS technology could generate
electricity at a breakeven cost approaching GBP100 a megawatt
hour by the early 2020s, and significantly below that
The UK is aiming for an 80% reduction in its greenhouse gas
emissions by 2050. To do this, it
will need to replace much of the current power-generation
fleet, which relies heavily on coal and gas, with nuclear, wind
and other renewables.
CSS may be cost-effective as part of the mix if its price
falls, the report says.
However, the report said there are several factors,
including commitment from government, the building of CCS facilities and financing, that will
have to be in place for CCS to become a viable option.
Dow Jones Newswires