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Nuclear power is ahead of EfW in carbon reducing stakes, says report

Energy from Waste (EfW) and similar power generation technologies have come second to nuclear power and renewable energy as ways to reduce carbon emissions, in the CBIs Climate Change report. It said that the biggest potential for reducing carbon emissions is a mix of nuclear power and renewable energy generation. However, it was less definite about the immediate opportunities that EfW power generation could offer and said energy sources such as this might prove to be valuable sources of low carbon energy in the future. The report said: In power, for example, it is clear that the biggest opportunities will come from technologies such as Carbon Capture and Storage, nuclear and wind. But tidal energy, EfW, fuel cells and hybrid systems which combine wind with power storage, are just some of the examples of technologies which might prove to be valuable sources of low carbon energy in the future. Greater use of micro-generation and combined heat and power (CHP) systems are further possible options relevant to both the power and buildings sectors. But more encouragingly it said: Government must give higher priority to existing research and technology and support the launch of new programmes to develop emerging solutions. Reasserting the CBIs green intentions CBI director general Richard Lambert said: "This report makes clear that in the future, businesses will have to be green to grow. Sir Nicholas Stern, author of the report for the UK Government on the economics of climate change, commented: "Business has shown real leadership in publishing this report. It provides a rigorous and realistic analysis of the issues and identifies the key policies, emphasising the importance of clear price signals over the short, medium and long terms. The findings came as part of the Climate Change report published by the CBI Climate Change Task Force.

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