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CO2CRC says Australia should keep CCS options open

Australia should keep open the option to deploy carbon capture and storage, in readiness for global calls for deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, said the CO2CRC. In a submission to the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper, the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) has called for Australia to build on its CCS research skills, demonstration projects and strong knowledge base in the developing technology. “CCS is currently the only technology that can deal with the very large quantity of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion,” said Dr Richard Aldous, Chief Executive of CO2CRC. “Our heavy reliance on fossil fuels domestically, as well our globally significant fossil fuel exports, make CCS technology highly important for Australia. “Studies from the International Energy Agency, the US Department of Energy and others have concluded that CCS, as part of a strategic mix of low emission technologies, is likely to give us both emission reductions and reliable energy supply at the lowest possible cost. CCS is a vital part of the lowest cost pathway to meeting the global 2050 emission reduction targets that most countries have committed to.

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