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Carbon Capture and Storage - Do We Need It?

(22 March 2011)

A public debate on carbon capture storage (CCS) was be staged as part of Newcastle ScienceFest:
The event was set up by CDT in Energy PhD student Ben Hedley and the Durham Energy Institute in partnership with the Centre for Life in Newcastle

A panel of experts at Newcastle Centre for Life discussed the pros and cons of CCS in the style of a Question Time debate.

One of the experts on the panel, Jon Gluyas of the Durham Energy Institute, CeREES and Professor of CCS and Geo-Energy, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, said: "The EU and UK has committed to CCS as a mechanism for reducing CO2 emissions from power stations and heavy industry.

"But information about the technology is scarce in the public domain resulting in confusion and safety fears that often lead to opposition and delays.

This open public debate gaves the audience a chance to voice its concerns and ask questions of the experts and decide whether it is fit for the North of England.

Other panel members included Durham Labour MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, Ross Weddle from renewable energy social enterprise CoRE Co-op and Sandy Irvine from the Newcastle Green Party.