January 9, 2011

Carbon Capture; Transport and Storage in Europe: A Problematic Energy Bridge to Nowhere?

by Johannes Herold, Sophia Rüster and Christian Von Hirschhausen

- This paper is a follow up of the SECURE-project, financed by the European Commission to study "Security of Energy Considering its Uncertainties, Risks and Economic Implications". It addresses the perspectives of, and the obstacles to a CCTS-roll out, as stipulated in some of the scenarios. Our main hypothesis is that given the substantial technical and institutional uncertainties, the lack of a clear political commitment, and the available alternatives of low-carbon technologies, CCTS is unlikely to play an important role in the future energy mix; it is even less likely to be an "energy bridge" into a low-carbon energy future.

Herold, J., S. Rüster and C. Von Hirschhausen (2010). "Carbon Capture; Transport and Storage in Europe: A Problematic Energy Bridge to Nowhere?" FEEM Note di lavoro No. 2010.156, Dec 2010.