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13 Dec 2017

Wind and solar power have few hidden emissions – study

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) / nature energy

Charges that wind and solar power cause large “hidden” emissions are false, because emissions remain low even when the energy needed to build them is taken into account, according to a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). “A full decarbonisation of the global power sector by scaling up these technologies would cause only modest indirect greenhouse gas emissions,” the PIK says in a press release. Carbon capture and storage, on the other hand, cannot make coal “truly clean” because life-cycle emissions remain 10 times higher, it adds.

Find the press release in English here.

The study is published in the journal nature energy here.

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