Carbon Capture & Storage and Hydrogen
Greenwashing technologies risk prolonging the life of oil and gas
Hydrogen and Carbon Capture are technologies supported by the oil and gas industry in a bid to delay the end of fossil fuels. These so called ‘false solutions’ cannot deliver the urgent action we need to cut emissions this decade.
There is a real risk that relying on these speculative technologies will divert support, resources and money away from proven and far more effective solutions to the climate crisis. If Scotland is to meet its climate commitments and contribute its fair share we must take urgent action today rather than waiting for these speculative solutions.
These oil and gas industry technologies will keep us locked into fossil fuels, further endangering our climate and our future.
The false promise of Carbon Capture
Despite billions of pounds of investment and years of research, there are no Carbon Capture and Storage plants anywhere in the world that work effectively at the scale promised.
The majority of existing Carbon Capture plants use carbon captured to actually force out more fossil fuels from underground. Carbon Capture and Storage provides oil and gas companies with the excuse they need to keep on extracting fossil fuels, while claiming a magical technological solution is just around the corner.
Don’t fall for Hydrogen’s Hype
Hydrogen is being promoted as an alternative to the fossil fuels used for heating homes, transport and heavy industry. But it’s expensive to produce, inefficient and far from a low carbon solution. In fact, three quarters of the global hydrogen supply is made from fossil fuels (‘blue hydrogen’).
Blue hydrogen can also be highly polluting and is reliant on unproven Carbon Capture and Storage technology. Meanwhile, the less common Green hydrogen risks diverting renewable energy away from direct uses in heating buildings and powering transport.
Carbon Capture & Storage Explainer
What is Carbon Capture and Storage, how feasible is it and why should we be worried about its false positioning as a climate solution?
This easy to read guide answers these questions, and sets out our deep concerns about the growing push for public investment in CCS from fossil fuels companies.
This simple guide explains why we should be deeply sceptical about large scale plans to develop hydrogen in Scotland to use in heating and transport.
Blue Hydrogen relies on fossil fuels and unproven CCS technology. Meanwhile, Green Hydrogen is an inefficient and expensive use of renewable electricity.
Relying on Carbon Capture and Storage will not solve climate crisis, expert research shows
CCS technology cannot not deliver the action needed in the energy sector this decade despite huge Government support.
After decades of over-promising and under-delivering, there are just a small amount of plants capturing less than 0.1% of the world’s emissions.
What we are doing
- Commissioning expert research including exposing how Carbon Capture will not deliver the cuts to climate pollution from energy this decade
- Challenging the oil and gas industry’s hype around Hydrogen, exposing flaws in their case and urging the Scottish Government to think again about their plans
- Producing easy to read guides to help people make sense of the spin around CCS and Hydrogen
- Working with allies we are opposing dangerous and ill-advised schemes to burn trees to generate energy in a process called Bio-energy with Carbon Capture and Storage.
How we are making progress
We will continue our important work in this area, and have recently:
- Exposed the Scottish Government’s over-reliance on CCS & Hydrogen in their plan for climate action this decade
- Spoken to media and politicians about the threat of Carbon Capture
- Built opposition amongst the public and climate groups to these dangerous distractions.
Carbon Capture is the oil and gas industry's latest greenwashing tactic with a long history of over-promising and under-delivering.Alex Lee, Climate Campaigner
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Latest Press Releases
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FoES objection to new gas-fired Peterhead power station
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Report: Hydrogen’s role in Scotland’s climate journey
A new report exposing the inefficiencies, soaring costs and the threat posed to renewable energy supplies by hydrogen technology.
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Explaining the different between types of Hydrogen and how oil and gas companies are backing them as a climate solution.
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