EIA's Turk: CCS Clean Energy Contribution Still Lagging Behind

EIA's Turk: CCS Clean Energy Contribution Still Lagging Behind
Carbon capture and storage technology is currently not doing its part to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, Dave Turk, head of the IEA energy environment division says.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology used to reduce fossil fuel emissions, is currently not doing its part to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, Dave Turk, head of the IEA energy environment division said in an online presentation.

With the previously announced Paris Agreement scheduled to come into effect November 4, Turk revealed that global clean energy deployment is still, overall, behind on what is required to meet the temperature goal, but highlighted some positive developments.

“There’s some positive signals that we saw in 2014 and 2015, whether on nuclear power, CCS or other areas as well,” Turk said.

Looking at near-term solutions the globe could deploy to get us back on a 2 degree trajectory, the IEA outlined five key areas for improvement, the largest of which was improving energy efficiency, which it said could account for 49 percent of improvements.

Turk also outlined the potential of reducing upstream methane and commented on fossil-fuel subsidy reform, saying that efficiencies in both fields could result in 25 percent savings.

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