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Between a rock and a hard place: CCS and a 2°C world

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07 July 2015

Between a rock and a hard place: CCS and a 2°C world

Report summary

Coal's continued relevance in a world limited to a 2° C temperature rise—the UN's vision—critically depends on the implementation of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology at coal-fired power plants. But implementing CCS has been dramatically slowed by its high cost, lack of policy clarity and uniformity on a global basis and as attention is increasingly diverted to renewable energy technologies where costs are declining. Will power plant CCS succeed?

Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • Our aggressive forecast of efficiency gains, intensity reductions and a rapid roll-out of renewables will slow but not stop emissions growth
  • CCS technology is in the midst of an existential crisis
  • A baker’s dozen reasons why CCS is not the panacea once envisioned
  • What can be done to accelerate CCS?
  • Conclusion

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This report includes 4 images and tables including:

  • CO2 emissions will grow 23% between 2015-2030
  • CO2 emission glide path required for min 2° C increase
  • CO2 emission reduction required for min 2° C increase
  • CO2 emission reduction required for min 2° C increase

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