Unabated Gas-fired generation – 24 May 2012

The Committee on Climate Change has responded to recent media enquiries about the organisation’s view on unabated gas-fired generation:

Chief Executive David Kennedy said:   

“The Committee on Climate Change has recommended that the aim should be to reduce power sector emissions to 50 gCO2 / kWh by 2030 through investment in nuclear, renewables and CCS. Within this, there is a potentially important role for gas CCS, if this can be shown to be viable.

“But the role for unabated gas fired power generation should be limited to balancing the system in 2030, by which time the share of unabated gas generation in the total should be no more than 10%, compared to 40% today. A second dash for gas, resulting in a higher share of unabated gas in 2030, would neither be economically sensible nor compatible with our legislated carbon budgets.”