Carbon Capture and Storage

Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Lindsay Roy Lindsay Roy Labour, Glenrothes 10:30 am, 7th July 2011

When he expects to announce a timetable for the additional carbon capture and storage demonstration projects.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

We expect to launch an accelerated process for the selection of further CCS demonstration projects by the end of the year, when we will set out a detailed timetable. I cannot wait to hear the hon. Gentleman’s supplementary question.

Photo of Lindsay Roy Lindsay Roy Labour, Glenrothes

I thank the Minister for his response and, indeed, for his reduced emissions.

The Government’s claim to be the greenest ever is quickly unravelling. Carbon capture and storage is vital in tackling climate change and to the security of future energy supply, so why are the Government dragging their feet on these vital developments?

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

I simply do not recognise that description. We have given more money than any Government anywhere in the world to a single carbon capture project—£1 billion—and we have the most ambitious programme: when countries such as Norway and Holland are letting theirs slip backwards, Britain’s is still on track. We aim to deliver four projects by 2020, and the hon. Gentleman should celebrate that success because of the jobs it will bring to his constituents, among others.