Climate change is arguably the most important environmental issue that the world currently faces. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) offers the possibility of significant reductions in the volume of CO2 released into the atmosphere in the near to medium term. As a fairly new technology that has not been widely adopted, there remain some uncertainties related to both viability and desirability. This book discusses the key issues with regard to technical and legal feasibility, economic viability and public and stakeholder perceptions. It also provides recommendations for policy and future research.
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Contents: Preface, Malcolm Wicks MP, Minister of State for Energy; Introduction; Underground storage of carbon dioxide; Engineering feasibility of carbon dioxide capture and storage; Geological carbon dioxide storage and the law; The public perception of carbon dioxide capture and storage in the UK; A regional integrated assessment on carbon dioxide capture and storage: North West of England case study; A regional integrated assessment of carbon dioxide capture and storage: East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside case study; The implementation of carbon capture and storage in the UK and comparison with nuclear power; Conclusions and recommendations; Index.
Simon Shackley is a founding member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester and managed the 'Decarbonising the UK' research theme (2000-2005). His research interests include the public and stakeholder perceptions of climate change impacts and of carbon mitigation options, in particular CO2 capture and storage and bioenergy. Clair Gough is a Senior Research Fellow with the Tyndall Centre where she has been working on carbon capture and storage since 2001. Her research interests are in public and stakeholder engagement in Integrated Assessment, in particular in the context of climate change mitigation. She is currently engaged in projects under the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Consortium (UKCCSC).
'CO2 storage is attracting much attention as an option for mitigating climate change. Anyone interested in energy policy needs to understand how the potential of CO2 storage is influenced by local factors, including public attitudes and legality as well as technology and economics. This book provides the results of a study about these issues in the UK that others would do well to follow.' Dr Paul Freund, Convening Lead Author, IPCC Special Report on CO2 Capture and Storage, UK