To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to enhance UK competitiveness in (a) research on and (b) commercial implementation of carbon capture and storage technology; and if he will make a statement.
The Department is actively working with the Technology Strategy Board, the Energy Technologies Institute and Research Councils on a R and D and innovation programme, which forms an important part of our work on delivering carbon capture and storage (CCS). Together, we expect to invest around £125 million in our CCS research and development programme up to 2015. The UK is also a world leader in CCS research and is in the top three countries for peer-reviewed articles on CCS published in the last five years.
The Government remain firmly committed to supporting commercialisation of CCS and there are a number of promising projects proposed in the UK. We will launch a streamlined selection process for future CCS projects and a CCS Roadmap in the coming weeks.