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Carbon Capture and Storage

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Westminster Hall debate on the "Carbon Capture and Storage" is scheduled for Thursday 19 October 2017 at 1.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Simon Clarke MP.

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Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a way of ‘decarbonising’ fossil fuel power generation, through capturing and storing the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced.

While there are currently no CCS projects left open for consideration in the UK, the Government has identified CCS as an area of strategic importance in its recently published Clean Growth Strategy. The strategy promises investments of up to £100 million in leading edge CCS and industrial innovation and plans to set up a CCS Council in partnership with industry to help develop the option of deploying the technology at scale in the UK.

 This briefing provides

  • An overview of CCS technology;
  • Sets out its potential role in meeting UK and international carbon reduction targets;
  • Details of Government support for CCS; and
  • Information on research and development of CCS in the UK.

Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0188

Authors: David Hirst; Alison Pratt

Topics: Climate change, Renewable energy

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