Today’s CCS announcement is blush of policy-into-action to shake off those Copenhagen blues.
We can reliably expect tens of thousands of new jobs in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, now designated a Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA) for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as part of Government plans to transform the UK into a low-carbon economy.
Part of today’s announcement by Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband is £6.3 million awarded to Scottish and Southern Energy’s 100 tonne per day capture pilot project at Ferrybridge. This will stimulate CCS development within the region.
Recently, Powerfuel Power and National Grid also secured a £165m grant from the European Commission, with the support of Yorkshire Forward. This will support the development by Powerfuel of a 900WM coal gasification plant with full CCS at Hatfield, Doncaster and the design by National Grid of a region wide CO2 transportation pipeline system alongside an assessment of offshore storage locations.
Constructing of a CO2 network serving all of the major emitters in the region could bring in 55,000 jobs and £2bn of investment. It could also play a really key role in helping the UK to meet its climate change targets – preventing around 60 Million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere every year.
The TUC has been a member of the RDA’s partnership, with the backing of our affiliates in the region. It proves the value of strong partnerships for just transition – and strong regional policies