Government urged to fund carbon capture

University researchers have called on industry and government to back carbon capture and storage technology.

Scientists say the UK could lead the market in capturing and storing CO2, but only with increased funding.

University researchers estimate a ten-fold funding increase in the technology is required to meet government climate change targets.

Longannet power station in Fife

Storing greenhouse gases

Carbon capture and storage involves the collection of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide at industrial sites and power plants.

The gas is then liquefied and transported to underground storage sites.

Storing the gas underground prevents it from entering the atmosphere and contributing to global warming.

North Sea

Edinburgh researchers claim the UK has sufficient storage capacity beneath the North Sea to collect 100 years’ worth of current CO2 output from half of Europe’s power plants.

Carbon capture and storage plants are undergoing rapid development, with the first full-sized commercial plants on track to be operating by 2014.

The UK Government has given its backing to carbon capture and storage, and we hope that Parliament will soon push through moves to fund this technology, so that the first projects can start when they are needed.

Professor Stuart HaszeldineSchool of GeoSciences

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