Carbon Capture and Storage

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2018 to Question 180631, what progress has been made on developing carbon capture and storage; how many plants are using that technology; what the price per tonne is of carbon captured in the UK; what proportion of carbon emissions are captured; and what projection he has made of the proportion of carbon that will be captured in the next 30 years.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) has an important role in supporting decarbonisation of industry, power, heat and transport.

There are 18 large-scale CCUS projects operating globally capturing over 30 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Although there are no large-scale CCUS projects operating in the UK, information on the estimated price per tonne of carbon captured across a range of CCUS projects can be found at:

https://www.globalccsinstitute.com/publications/global-costs-carbon-capture-and-storage

The Government is committed to supporting the development of CCUS in the UK. The Clean Growth Strategy included three illustrative pathways to meeting our 2050 target over the next thirty years. Two of these included a role for CCUS, with up to 170 Million tonnes of CO2e being captured and stored in 2050. CCUS can reduce emissions from our industrial centres, and offers opportunities to improve the competitiveness of UK industry. That is why we are investing £100 million to March 2021 on industrial energy and CCUS innovation.

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