MEPs call for New UK CCS infrastructure body

13 September 2016

Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen, Members of the European Parliament, has welcomed the calls for the immediate creation of a new delivery body to provide Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) infrastructure for UK energy providers and industries.

The Parliamentary Advisory Group on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has published a report claiming that a CO2 pipeline network would provide the means to both reduce carbon emissions from industrial sources and from the heating of more than 20 million homes.

CCS has long been seen as a key part of the fight against climate change, particularly by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), however, funding this technology has proved difficult.

The report proposes a new publicly-owned CCS Delivery Company, similar in concept to Crossrail, to kickstart the technology’s implementation, and the report calls for financial measures to support CCS based on the government’s existing contracts-for-difference scheme.

Jude Kirton-Darling said,

“I fully support today’s report. I have long believed that CCS will be a key technology in our fight against climate change and I see today’s report as a very important step in creating a CCS network, both in my constituency and across the UK”

“The north-east has a comparatively large industrial sector, and economic and climate change challenges facing this sector are daunting. Anything we can do to help increase competiveness and ease the transition to a low-carbon economy should be welcomed.”

Paul Brannen MEP said,

“CCS offers a lot of opportunities for our region. If successfully rolled out, this technology, would not only provide hundreds of new jobs, but could also help secure thousands of existing positions, and the technology could be commercialised and exported, bringing further economic benefit, while fighting climate change.”

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