The British Environment Agency has spoken out against building new coal-fired power plants in the UK. The agency believes that new coal plants must be built with carbon capture and storage technology; otherwise, it could lock the UK into high carbon technology. Lord Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, said, “Building a new generation of coal-fired power stations without capturing the carbon emissions would lock the UK into using high carbon technology for decades to come.” The agency goes as far as saying that it is “insufficient” to build plants that can be fitted with the technology at a later date.