05 Feb 2019, 13:33
Benjamin Wehrmann

Carbon capture technologies not yet mature for large-scale use, German gov says

Clean Energy Wire

Technologies for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere are not yet technically mature enough to contribute to climate action, the German government has said in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry by the pro-business party FDP. There is “no sufficient knowledge base” to assess the usefulness of carbon removal technology, which is why Germany favoured emissions reduction and achieving negative emissions through “ecosystem-based approaches”.
The UN’s climate change panel (IPCC) considers so-called negative emissions necessary to meet the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies or biological solutions, such as reforestation, are ways to achieve them.

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