U.K. is reportedly planning to build its first project to capture and store industrial carbon emissions over the next decade, on the heels of a rebooted push from ministers for supporting this technology. A carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition worth £1 billion had been scrapped by the government in 2015, while other earlier efforts had also failed.
Energy minister Claire Perry would supposedly be expressing the government’s renewed interest in this technology by informing about its plans such as reusing fossil fuel infrastructure. This might also include the use of old gas pipelines for transporting the carbon.
Apparently, a new £20 million dedicated fund will assist in building carbon capturing equipment at industrial sites and the investment comes on the top of an existing £100 million pot. The aim is to pilot a facility by the mid-2020s and then building full-scale ones in the 2030s.
Further from the reports, the priority now is to capture the carbon generated from heavy industries, like the oil refineries and chemicals plants, and then store the carbon or sell for use anywhere else in industrial processes. Previously, capturing and storing emissions from gas or coal power stations was the primary focus of the technology.
Stuart Haszeldine, University of Edinburgh’s professor of carbon capture and storage, welcomed this move by calling it a sensible reboot, which would accelerate trials. He said that it would be crucial if carbon can be captured from beyond power plants.
Experts see the carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) as a very decisive technology to tackle climate change, as well as to reduce emissions from heavily polluting industries. Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency’s Executive Director, revealed that reaching international climate goals is practically impossible without CCUS being a part of the solution.
Industries would seemingly have to wait until next year for the officials to publish the action plan for getting the proposed plant built, since the ambition to have a CCUS facility constructed in the mid-2020s is quite new.