Professor Stuart Haszeldine of Edinburgh University, and director of SCCS, has called for the greater use of carbon capture technologies across the fossil fuel industry to help reduce carbon emissions.
The professor highlights that while the use of fossil fuels continues to grow, despite the increase in clean energies and efficiency of use, the use of technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) must also be enhanced.
In a report for the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London on the Paris Agreement, researchers from the University of Edinburgh said that permits to store greenhouse emissions, which could help achieve global climate targets, were not given out readily enough.
CCS is being deployed around the world, but the speed of construction is 100 times too slow, if it is to be used to help meet the targets set out in the Paris Agreement.
The study found that the use of a certificate scheme would rapidly increase results at a low cost and provide a reliable remedy for the world’s use of fossil fuels.
In an op-ed for the Scotsman, Haszeldine said: “Carbon storage can be embedded into our existing industries with very little change – the alternatives – to allow ever-increasing climate change – are much worse.
“Governments need to rapidly enforce carbon storage to succeed. It is as simple as this: without carbon storage the world will not restrict global temperature rise to below 2C.”