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Joe Darby (Letters, 5 November), raised concerns over the viability of carbon capture and storage (CSS). Carbon dioxide emissions are the major cause of climate change; that is unequivocal. CCS has a key role to play in tackling global CO2 emissions, alongside energy efficiency and renewables for electricity generation. In the case of energy-intensive industries, there is no alternative to CCS; that is also indisputable.

In the UK and Europe, we have an opportunity to build a CCS 
industry that can not only help us meet important carbon 
reduction targets but provide jobs and revenue as part of a low-carbon economy.

Our report published this week ( points to how the UK and EU can move more quickly and more effectively by accessing existing low-cost sources of CO2 from industrial sources, such as gas processing and ammonia.

Mr Darby may be interested to know that CCS has been operating commercially in Norway since the 1990s, where the Sleipner and Snøhvit CCS projects are storing almost 2 million tonnes a year of CO2 as part of gas production. And in the US and Canada, the world’s first full-scale CCS projects on power generation are due to switch on in 2014.

The UK’s Energy Technologies Institute calculates that the cost of reducing carbon emissions across the economy will be halved if CCS is available.

In a carbon-constrained world, CCS is part of the solution, not the problem.

Indira Mann

Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS)

West Mains Road