European energy plans leak ahead of schedule

16 Nov 2010
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European energy plans leak ahead of schedule

European energy plans have been leaked ahead of schedule, with an announcement set to take place later this week.

According to Reuters, a leaked draft of the "Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and 2030 - a blueprint for an integrated European energy network" report shows that 8,000 km of pipes for transporting greenhouse gases are to be created.

The gas would then be buried underground as part of the plans, which were set to be outlined by European energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger.

But the proposals drew immediate criticism from politician Claude Turmes, who stated that carbon capture and storage is not ready for such a plan.

"It's a non-proven technology," he said. "There are easier and less costly potentials in renewable energy for reducing Europe's carbon footprint and enhancing its energy security."

The Department for Energy and Climate Change in the UK recently stated that it is aiming for 15 per cent of the country's power needs to be met by renewable energy before 2020. 

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