Otway Carbon capture not the solution

\OtwayNational environmental organisation Friends of the Earth (FoE) says that today's public launch of the CO2 CRC carbon sequestration trial in the Otway Basin is an effort in burying carbon – and our heads – in the sand. It takes attention and funds away from what is required for a meaningful response to climate change.

Media release April 2 2008

Otway Carbon capture not the solution

National environmental organisation Friends of the Earth (FoE) says that today's public launch of the CO2 CRC carbon sequestration trial in the Otway Basin is an effort in burying carbon – and our heads – in the sand. It takes attention and funds away from what is required for a meaningful response to climate change.

“Attempting to bury our greenhouse gas pollution underground is akin to burying our heads in the sand. This is not the way to reduce our greenhouse emissions” said FoE climate campaigner Louise Morris.

“Carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects such as the CO2CRC Otway test project are not where our government or business should be sinking money.”

“It has been clearly shown that if we are to have a chance of avoiding dangerous climate change, we have five to ten years to draw down our greenhouse emissions and make a transition to renewable energy solutions. The 100,000 tonnes of carbon this site will capture is literally a drop in the ocean of what is required, and in no way attests for the commercial viability of such projects.”

“While small trials of unproven technology such as CCS are being undertaken with government support, plans for a massive new coal power station are also moving ahead. The HRL coal-fired plant planned for the Latrobe Valley will – if allowed to proceed – inject 2.7 million tonnes of greenhouse pollution into the atmosphere every year.”

“CCS is commercially untested. It is certainly not been shown to work over geological timeframes, which is a true test of the viability of any such technology. Investing in CCS simply puts off the day when we move – as we must – away from relying on coal to meet our energy needs” said Ms Morris.

 

Further comment: Lou Morris 0408 906 310