Letter to the Editor AFR: Carbon Capture and Storage

Your article "Clean coal dream little more than dust" (AFR, November 8) is unduly dismissive and inaccurate in its assessment of the contribution carbon capture and storage (CCS) in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. 

This position is at odds with the International Energy Agency, which has argued that the global task, or reducing CO2 emission, will be much harder and more expensive without a key role for CCS. The article also overlooked the fact that various projects in Australia have captured CO2 emissions, safely stored CO2, intensified the search for permanent storage sites in four states, and made significant progress in dealing with so-called fugitive emissions. 

Just last month, SaskPower's Boundary Dam power project in Saskatchewan became the world's largest power plant to capture and store its emissions. 

This is why the chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, recently scotched suggestions fossil fuel assets will become "redundant". 

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