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Poll results: Are carbon capture projects worthwhile?



Are carbon capture projects worthwhile? That’s the question we asked you, the EngineeringPro community, last week. The responses were many, but in the end the ‘No’ group just edged victory. 
Are carbon capture projects worthwhile?
With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) arguing that global temperature rises must be kept below 2◦C by the end of the century, and oil majors and others investing in carbon capture and even carbon negative emissions technology, it looks like there is a bright future for carbon capture projects in general.

However, simultaneously global carbon emissions continue to increase, with many developing economies continuing to build carbon intensive power generation assets such as coal-fired power stations. So, are carbon capture projects too little, too late?

Reader Andre Gurses commented that “We are ALL living in a CARBON-BASED world”, so the idea of capturing and sequestering carbon doesn’t seem like a good idea. Similarly, Ian Joel commented, “Remove carbon and everything dies – simple.”

In total 40% of respondents responded that ‘No – carbon capture projects are too little, too late to have a meaningful impact upon climate change.”

When combined with the 10% of respondents who selected ‘Other’ and left comments agreeing that carbon capture projects are NOT worthwhile (“No carbon – no life – simple”), the ‘No’ group came out ahead.
Whilst it was a close-run thing, those who felt that carbon capture projects are NOT worthwhile, came out ahead
Nevertheless, a sizeable group of you agreed that ‘Yes – carbon capture projects are an effective response to climate change’, with 40% of respondents selecting this option.

10% of respondents took the middle ground agreeing with the proposition that ‘Maybe – carbon capture projects could be effective BUT only if deployed at massive scale’.

So, in conclusion it was a close-run thing. Opinions on the efficiency of carbon capture projects seem fairly evenly divided amongst the engineering community.

What are your thoughts on carbon capture?

Let us know in the comments below. The best views, opinions and thoughts will be included in this week’s EngineeringPro newsletter.

Look out for the next Poll which will be published later today.
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