The World Coal Association (WCA) has welcomed a report into carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the UK.
“With the cancellation of the UK’s CCS competition last year, the UK has been missing an opportunity to play a leadership role in the development of CCS technology and the huge benefits of exporting CCS technology worldwide,” said Benjamin Sporton, Chief Executive of the WCA. “The recommendations put forward to government today are a step in the right direction. CCS is a vital component of any long-term industrial strategy to decarbonise electricity and energy intensive industries.”
According to Sporton, development of CCS could enable the UK to continue to use coal for electricity past the 2025 government deadline to phase our coal-fired power plants – helping to maintain security of supply.
“CCS in coal plants could help the UK keep the lights on in the cheapest cleanest way, whilst also making the 2050 carbon target achievable,” Sporton said.
Development of CCS also offered commercial advantages to the UK, Sporton concluded: “CCS in the UK could also assist in the mandate of the newly developed Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy by providing the opportunity to export technological ‘know-how’ to the developing and emerging economies of Asia, for which CCS will be essential if global climate goals are to be met.”
Edited by Jonathan Rowland.
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