Caching the Carbon


Caching the Carbon

The Politics and Policy of Carbon Capture and Storage

9780857933874 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by James Meadowcroft, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and Oluf Langhelle, University of Stavanger, Norway
Publication Date: 2011 ISBN: 978 0 85793 387 4 Extent: 320 pp
Over the past decade carbon capture and storage (CCS) has increasingly come to the fore as a possible option to manage carbon dioxide emissions that are currently contributing to human induced climate change. This book is concerned with the politics of CCS. The authors examine the way CCS has been brought into the political realm, the different interpretations of the significance of this emerging technology, and the policy challenges government and international institutions face with respect to its development, deployment and regulation. The book includes case studies of engagement with CCS in a number of developed countries as well as more thematically focused analysis.

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Over the past decade, carbon capture and storage (CCS) has come to the fore as a way to manage carbon dioxide emissions contributing to climate change. This book examines its introduction into the political scene, different interpretations of its significance as an emerging technology and the policy challenges facing government and international institutions with respect to its development, deployment and regulation.

The focus of the book is on the construction of arguments about CCS in the public sphere, the coalitions of actors who have articulated distinctive perspectives on CCS and the varied strategies governments have adopted to integrate it into climate and energy policies. The authors analyse the issues decision-makers now confront in encouraging the uptake of the technology, managing uncertainties and regulating attendant risks. The book includes case studies of the reception of CCS in seven OECD countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. Developments in the EU form the subject of an eighth case study. The authors point to the political significance of CCS as a mitigation option offering a way forward for fossil fuels in a carbon constrained world, while also emphasizing the uncertainties that surround its future development and deployment.

Students, scholars and researchers from a wide variety of fields who are interested in climate change, energy policy, and the politics and policy of the environment will find this book illuminating, as will officials and policy makers in international organizations and governments.
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‘. . . the volume is a timely and informative text for students and academics, as well as for practitioners within international organizations and governments.’
– Rudra Kapila, Climate Law
Contributors: D.H. Claes, P. Frisvold, N. Gunningham, M. Jaccard, O. Langhelle, J. Meadowcroft, B. Praetorius, I. Scrase, J. Sharp, D. Sinclair, J.C. Stephens, A. Tjernshaugen, P.J. Vergragt, C. von Stechow, J. Watson

1. The Politics and Policy of Carbon Capture and Storage
James Meadowcroft and Oluf Langhelle

2. Technology Leader, Policy Laggard: CCS Development for Climate Mitigation in the US Political Context
Jennie C. Stephens

3. CCS in Australia: From Political Posturing to Policy Potential
Darren Sinclair and Neil Gunningham

4. CCS in Canada
Mark Jaccard and Jacqueline Sharp

5. Technology as Political Glue: CCS in Norway
Andreas Tjernshaugen and Oluf Langhelle

6. Electricity Gap versus Climate Change: Electricity Politics and the Potential Role of CCS in Germany
Barbara Praetorius and Christoph von Stechow

7. CCS in the UK: Squaring Coal Use with Climate Change?
Ivan Scrase and Jim Watson

8. CCS in the Netherlands: Glass Half Empty or Half Full?
Philip J. Vergragt

9. CCS and the European Union: Magic Bullet or Pure Magic?
Dag Harald Claes and Paal Frisvold

10. CCS in Comparative Perspective
Oluf Langhelle and James Meadowcroft

11. The Politics and Policy of CCS: The Uncertain Road Ahead
James Meadowcroft and Oluf Langhelle

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