Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Task Force on Shale Gas: Assessing the Impact of Shale Gas on Climate Change


The Task Force on Shale Gas has released its latest report, this time covering issues of climate change. It's available here, and commentary is available from the Times and the Guardian.

The report's conclusions are:

  • That, under even the most optimistic scenarios, natural gas will continue to play a role in our electricity, heating and industrial sectors for some time to come. 
  • Using green completion technology (required by regulations in the UK), CO2 emissions from domestic shale gas will be comparable to emissions from domestic conventional natural gas, and lower than emissions from Qatari LNG (which has to be compressed and then shipped around the world) and from Russian gas (which has to be transported across Siberia and then Eastern Europe in leaky pipelines). 
  • Therefore, it is better from an emissions perspective to develop domestic shale gas than it is to import gas from abroad (obviously it is better from an economics and geopolitical perspective too, but that's not the subject of this report).
  • While it has been suggested that shale gas development may stymie investment in low carbon technologies (renewables, energy efficiency). However, this has not been the case in the USA, where renewables development has continued apace, even as the shale gas revolution has turned energy markets on their heads. This is mainly because government policies have continued to support renewables with a mix of grants, loans, tax credits and other measures. 
  • Such an approach should also be used in the UK. The report recommends that taxes levied on shale gas development should be ring-fenced and re-invested in low-carbon technologies. 
    
All of this will come to no surprise to Frackland readers. In this post I point out that shale development in the USA has actually helped renewables development, not hindered it, while I have been calling for the government to commit to re-investing shale gas revenues in low-carbon tech for a number of years now - here's me on the subject almost exactly two years ago. I can only conclude that Lord Smith and his task force must also be avid readers of this blog!




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  2. Lord Smith.....?

    and what energy / petgeo expertise might he have to bring to the subject?

    After presiding over years of colossal waste, epic bungling and eco-nut driven policy screwups at the EA he spots a passing gravy train... and sidles over offering to parlay his contacts in "environmental politics" to the oil and gas guys who are taking massive punishment from the lying gits in the green/eco movement


    That report #3 is a pile of conflicting and disjointed twaddle - and one assumes they know that - as copy + pasting has been obfuscated with a commercial tool designed to make it harder to pull quotes or heaven forbid - plagiarise.

    This looks like second rate influence peddling on steroids...

    ....

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  3. Ah all that lovely optimism and then the UK Government goes and ruins it by putting the boot into our solar industry. Nobody who can read the papers will believe that Lord Smith's recommendations have a hope in Hell of being adopted now.

    It's actually quite funny to read

    "All of this will come to no surprise to Frackland readers. In this post I point out that shale development in the USA has actually helped renewables development, not hindered it, while I have been calling for the government to commit to re-investing shale gas revenues in low-carbon tech for a number of years now - here's me on the subject almost exactly two years ago. I can only conclude that Lord Smith and his task force must also be avid readers of this blog!"

    We can only conclude that UK Government isn't listening to anybody - not Lord Smith and not even you!

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