CCS Comments EU Strategy 2011-2020
Low carbon energy supply is the wrong goal for the future EU energy strategy. “Low carbon” most often is synonymous with continued use of coal and gas with carbon capture and storage.
The goal should be to completely decarbonize the energy supply, by
- Reducing energy demand by genuine energy savings in all sectors
- minimizing the waste of energy due to inefficient production and distribution
- minimizing the waste of energy due to unnecessary end use
- Increasing energy efficiency through research and development and through tightening of standards
- Meeting the remaining energy demand by transition to a 100% energy supply from real renewable resources: solar, wind, geothermal energy, wave power and existing hydro power.
The strategy should have as a main target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to at least 95% below 1990 level by 2050