Rethinking Emissions Reduction

In a March 6, 2014, op-ed for Project Syndicate, C2ES Board Member David Hone urges policymakers to focus more on the deployment of carbon capture and storage technology as a strategy for achieving emissions reductions.

Hone, who is chief climate change adviser at Royal Dutch Shell, writes:

Whether at United Nations climate-change summits or one of the many “green growth” forums, renewables and energy efficiency are consistently regarded as the solution to global warming. Even the coal industry adopted the efficiency line in its Warsaw Communiqué, released ahead of the UN’s COP19 summit last November. But a closer look at the global energy system, together with a more refined understanding of the emissions challenge, reveals that fossil fuels will likely remain dominant throughout this century – meaning that carbon capture and storage (CCS) may well be the critical technology for mitigating climate change.

Read more at Project Syndicate.