Plans for gas fired powered plants at odds with carbon targets

A new UK plan has that would have the government invest in gas fired power plants for the next two decades has been found incompatible with the new carbon targets of the government, according to the independent climate change advisor.

Expanding the gas-fueled power generation without the use of any carbon-capture equipment would be in violation of the Climate Change Act. This act places a cap on UK emissions and a target for emissions that must be met by 2050.

Britain is hoping to balance the need for a cheaper power source against its goal to lower the amount of pollution that is produced from burning fossil fuels. George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has also pushed for natural gas to remain a central part of the energy supply in the UK and last July was able to win the support of Energy Secretary Ed Davey to launch a review of gas policies before this year comes to an end. The review will hopefully aid in bolstering investment in the natural gas industry.

The Committee on Climate Change asked the government to create a new target that will reduce the carbon intensity of the power generation by non-renewable means to about 50 grams of CO2 per kwh by the year 2030 which is a massive change from the original target of 450 grams per kwh that was proposed. Back in May, a draft power reform bill aimed to help attract investors into wind farm technology, power stations with carbon-capture equipment, and nuclear reactors.