Blog: May 2014

The Government is urged by MPs to end years of deliberation and invest in the White Rose Project, at the Drax power station near Selby, which will pioneer carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology before next year’s General Election. The Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee report calls for other CCS schemes, such as the Don Valley Power Project, to have the same access to Government support as other forms of energy such as offshore wind.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the fourth volume of its Energy Technology Perspectives report, which concludes that business-as-usual is not an option if we are to transition to a sustainable energy future. The report underlines that Carbon Capture and Storage has a critical role to play in decarbonizing the power sector and energy intensive industries as well as supporting energy efficiency.

Article 38 of the Directive requires that a review report is submitted by the European Commission to the Council and the European Parliament by 31st March 2015. The evaluation aims at obtaining a comprehensive view of the current state of the CCS deployment in Europe and the functioning of the CCS Directive up to date. All relevant stakeholders are invited to participate.

Brussels is to grant €300m to a pioneering carbon capture and storage project in the UK. The move comes as the EU seeks to regain its lead in a technology seen as crucial in the fight against climate change.