Germany CCS bill stalls, may be resubmitted after election

24 June 2009 21:11  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Germany’s coalition government has failed to agree on legislation to regulate carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, but a new bill could be introduced after federal elections on 27 September, parliamentarians said on Wednesday.

The legislation ran into strong resistance from residents near proposed pilot projects.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has been looking to CCS as an important way to reduce the climate impact of coal-based power plants.

Apart from some coal reserves and nuclear plants, Germany largely relies on imported energy to meet its needs.

But opposition party DIE LINKE said CCS technology said was too dangerous and not economically viable

It termed CCS a “Trojan horse” to allow energy firms to continue operating existing coal-power plants and to build new ones, to the detriment of the environment.

Environmental pressure group BUND said CCS was hindering the development of sustainable renewable energy sources.

Renewables and energy-efficient technologies were a much cheaper way to avoid or reduce greenhouse gases than CCS, the group said.

However, if voters did not speak out clearly against the technology on 27 September, legislators would likely reintroduce the bill after the elections, BUND said.

In the US, the Obama administration said last month it planned to spend $2.4bn (€1.7bn) in part to advance CCS applications at chemical plants, utilities and other industrial facilities that burn coal.

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