Uniper and Engie recently announced their intention to cancel ROAD, the demonstration project focusing on the capture of CO₂ at one of the coal-fired plants in Rotterdam and its storage in an empty gas field in the North Sea seabed.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is very disappointed with Uniper and Engie’s announcement of their plans to terminate the ROAD project.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is one of the key means through which coal-fired plants can reduce their CO₂ emissions. The companies have failed to meet the expectations they had created with regard to a large-scale CCS pilot project.
In the view of the Port Authority, there’s no reason why the coal-fired plants should not remain open for a long time, provided they limit the negative environmental impact of their CO₂ emissions by redirecting their residual heat (mainly for re-use in industry), by implementing CCS and/or by co-firing with biomass or lignin (a residual product from bio-based industry). After all, the Paris Agreement on climate change requires signatories to structurally reduce their CO₂ emissions. Companies cannot afford to ignore this requirement.