1 Professor of energy and climate change Deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for climate change research
2 Research Fellow …Tyndall Centre for climate change research
- has lower emissions than coal. This is true only if the coal displaced by shale gas remains in the ground and is not combusted elsewhere (it is this point the Government’s own report is referring to).
- offers the prospect of low-carbon energy. Gas is a high carbon energy source, emitting half the quantity of carbon dioxide per unit of electricity generated as the worst and dirtiest energy source we know, coal. Half the worst is still very high emissions.
- is a transition fuel to a low-carbon future. Even the shale gas industry acknowledges that it will not produce significant quantities of shale gas before around 2025, by which time our international commitments on climate change would not permit it to be combusted in any significant quantities.
For a presentation on shale gas by Kevin Anderson given recently at a Chatham House event and later at an all party unconventional oil and gas group session, see: Shale gas and avoiding dangerous climate change
Gas flame image via s_p_a_c_e_m_a_n/flickr, Reproduced under Creative Commons 2.0 license.