The use of natural gas for electricity generation in the UK may have to decline significantly over the next 30 years, according to a new study. Without carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, gas-fired electricity would have to fall to 10% of the mix to meet emissions targets for 2050. The new study also warns that current government policies will deter investment in gas.
Last November the government signalled that the UK’s remaining coal-fired power stations would be phased out by 2025. The report has been published by the UK Energy Research Centre. The authors calculate that without carbon capture and storage technology, unabated gas could only make up 10% of the electricity mix in 2050, if the government wanted to meet current legal obligations to restrict carbon. Legislation on the statute books in the UK requires an 80% cut in CO2 emissions below the 1990 level by the middle of this century. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/