A top academic and former adviser to the UK government on energy policy says that countries other than Poland should be put under their spotlight for their record in driving forward carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
Dr David Reiner, Cambridge University Senior Lecturer in Technology Policy told Power Engineering International that the Polish approach to implementing the technology was in line with their general attitude towards climate change.
“It is striking that the Polish government has taken such a dim view of CCS, but this simply reflects the more general view on climate change mitigation. The Polish effort on CCS always relied on significant EU rather than domestic support and so with the decline in possible EU support and recognition that some considerable national support would be needed, interest in the project faded.”
However Dr Reiner believes fellow European member states are no less guilty than the Poles, who are under global scrutiny for their obstinate commitment to coal at the moment, while hosting the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw.
“It is also somewhat unfair to only focus on Poland, when both Germany and the Netherlands, which would claim to have far greater concern for climate change, are going ahead with several new unabated coal-fired plants,” he said.
Meanwhile China’s chief negotiator at the conference says that combatting climate change can only succeed if rich nations make good on a promise they made in 2010 to provide billions of dollars in finance to developing countries in order to assist them in meeting global onjectives.
Su Wei told reporters in Warsaw that developed nations should immediately pay the promised $30bn to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change.
Rich countries also need to clarify how they intend to scale that up to $100 billion per year by 2020, he said.
“That would be a very important starting point and key to the successful conclusion of the negotiation of a (post-)2020 agreement. We want to see a very clear roadmap … we want to see the actual and real provision of financial sources,” said Su.
Su also said that the European Union’s goal to slash emissions by 20 per cent between 1990 and 2020 was so unambitious that it would “certainly be over-achieved”.
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