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Current issues - Climate change - Greenhouse Gas reduction strategy

Carbon capture & storage (CCS)

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is seen by the UK cement industry as playing a part in its longer-term greenhouse gas reduction strategy.

In theory, CCS could lead to net-zero CO2 emissions when employed in conjunction with extensive use of biomass and waste-derived fuels but there is much practical development work to be done before the principle can be efficiently and cost-effectively introduced.

Government investment in large-scale projects needs to be implemented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the various CCS technologies, initially in power generation. Cost will certainly be a big factor as will access to a CO2 transport infrastructure. A stable carbon price, established via international agreement on emissions trading that contains absolute emissions caps, will be essential.

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