Government commits to CCS
- Published on Thursday, 20 October 2011 09:16
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The Government have announced the next steps on the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) demonstration programme, after the conclusion of negotiations for a CCS demonstration project at Longannet in Scotland
A decision has been made not to proceed with Longannet but to pursue other projects with the £1 billion pounds funding made available by the Government. The decision balances the UK’s low carbon ambition with the need to ensure taxpayer’s money is invested in the most effective way. £1bn will be available for a new process and we are expecting a number of promising bids from both Scotland and England.
Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change said:
“CCS is a key technology for the UK’s long term energy strategy.
“A billion pounds is enough to demonstrate this vital new technology in the UK, but it’s got to be spent in the most effective way.
“Despite everyone working extremely hard, we’ve not been able to reach a satisfactory deal for a project at Longannet at this time, so we’ve taken the decision to pursue alternative projects.”
The Government’s long term vision for CCS deployment together with an industry action plan will be set out when the selection process for further CCS projects is published. Ministers will meet with industry leaders to discuss next steps and lessons learned at the Carbon Capture and Storage Development Forum on Wednesday 2 November.