Economist debates: Natural gas
Debatten er "supported by Statoil", som de siste par ukene har annonsert tungt i The Economist (i hvert fall på nett) med slagord som presenterer naturgass fra Norge som et klimatiltak.
We believe that Europe can meet its climate ambition in a cost-efficient way if natural gas plays a key part in the energy mix in the coming decades.
Q. Can CO2 emissions from gas be reduced?
A. The extensive emissions from coal-fired power plants mean that changing from coal to gas in the power sector alone will have a significant effect in reducing CO2 emissions, even without CO2 capture (in the power sector in Europe coal accounts for close to 70% of CO2 emissions). If it is possible to use the heat produced from gas-fired power plants as well, efficiency will be further improved, which is also important from a CO2 emissions perspective.
Work is being done on developing technologies for capturing CO2 from power plants, but so far these technologies are immature and relatively expensive.