Progress in a crucial technology designed to combat climate change is worryingly slow, according to experts.
Work on creating facilities for carbon capture and storage - which removes carbon dioxide from power plants and stores it deep underground - is not progressing sufficiently, a study shows.
Lack of progress will lead to failure to meet the reduction in CO2 emissions needed to limit damaging levels of climate change, according to University researchers.
Global use of fossil fuels is increasing year on year, and CCS is the only way of addressing the resulting CO2 emissions.
The findings highlight that despite plans for a large number of carbon capture and storage projects around the world, too few of these are going ahead.
Researchers found despite the technology being ready, effective, safe and cost-competitive, efforts to build large-scale projects are behind schedule.
In Europe, projects have stalled.
Much greater support from Government is needed to allow business to invest and enable the technology to deliver, according to the study in Nature Climate Change.
CCS is supported in Canada and the USA, and China is active in developing it, but Europe is falling behind. Governments are failing to back CCS projects selected for funding by their own programmes, while actively supporting new coal and gas power plants.