CCS Wire

In Strasbourg next week (Wed 18 June), the European Parliament will vote on a legislative amendment to EU electricity law requiring all new power plants not to emit more that 350g CO2 per kwh of output (i.e. both power and heat).

A limit value of 350g effectively bans the construction of new conventional coal plants while allowing new high efficiency gas plants, particularly co-generation plants, to go ahead.

While such an amendment is not expected to succeed on this occasion, the move is seen as a stalking horse for amendments in other legislation at a later date.

For background on 350gCO2/kwh, see Figures 4.18 and 4.20 in the 2007 IPCC 4th Assessment Report.

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