CEAS in the Media: Shale gas is one of the least sustainable ways to produce electricity
Shale gas is one of least sustainable options for producing electricity, according to new research from The University of Manchester.
The major study, which is the first of its kind, considered environmental, economic and social sustainability of shale gas in the UK and compared it to other electricity generating options. These were coal, nuclear, natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), solar photovoltaics (PV), wind, hydro and biomass.
Taking into account a range of sustainability aspects and assuming that they are all equally important, the research found that shale gas overall ranks seventh out of nine electricity options. The study also found that:
- Shale gas ranks between the fourth and eighth relative to other electricity options
- To become the most sustainable option, large improvements would be needed
- This includes a 329-fold reduction in environmental impacts and a 16-fold increase in employment
- An electricity mix with less rather than more shale gas is more sustainable
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