Air pollution impacts from carbon capture and storage (CCS)

Air pollution impacts from carbon capture and storage (CCS). European Environment Agency, November 2011, 70 p. (Technical report No 14/2011)

This report describes the effects that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) may have on emissions of certain key air pollutants. CCS involves transporting carbon dioxide from power stations and other industrial sources, and storing it deep underground. In addition to keeping CO2 out of the atmosphere the technology will, however, also lead to benefits and trade-offs for air pollution. The report highlights key findings from the latest literature focusing upon the potential air pollution impacts across the CCS life-cycle. A case study is also presented that quantifies and highlights the range of GHG and air pollutant life-cycle emissions that could occur by 2050 should CCS be widely implemented in power plants across the European Union.

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