Examining the role of carbon capture and storage through an ethical lens

Medvecky, Fabien, Lacey, Justine and Ashworth, Peta (2014) Examining the role of carbon capture and storage through an ethical lens. Science and Engineering Ethics, 20 4: 1111-1128. doi:10.1007/s11948-013-9474-z

Author Medvecky, Fabien
Lacey, Justine
Ashworth, Peta
Title Examining the role of carbon capture and storage through an ethical lens
Journal name Science and Engineering Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-5546
Publication date 2014-11-15
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11948-013-9474-z
Open Access Status
Volume 20
Issue 4
Start page 1111
End page 1128
Total pages 18
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract The risk posed by anthropogenic climate change is generally accepted, and the challenge we face to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a tolerable limit cannot be underestimated. Reducing GHG emissions can be achieved either by producing less GHG to begin with or by emitting less GHG into the atmosphere. One carbon mitigation technology with large potential for capturing carbon dioxide at the point source of emissions is carbon capture and storage (CCS). However, the merits of CCS have been questioned, both on practical and ethical grounds. While the practical concerns have already received substantial attention, the ethical concerns still demand further consideration. This article aims to respond to this deficit by reviewing the critical ethical challenges raised by CCS as a possible tool in a climate mitigation strategy and argues that the urgency stemming from climate change underpins many of the concerns raised by CCS.
Keyword CCS
Climate change
Intergenerational justice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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