The first time a big carbon capture and storage project was proposed in the UK, Tony Blair was still prime minister, Crazy Frog was No 1 in the charts and the UK was yet to set any legally binding climate change goals. It was 2005 and BP’s development at Peterhead, backed by Shell and SSE, was scheduled to be up and running within four years. Sixteen years later, despite ever more compelling evidence of the urgent need to decarbonise to tackle climate change, Britain still has no projects that capture and dispose of carbon dioxide emissions. The original Peterhead proposal foundered on a lack of government support and two subsequent government-run competitions for carbon capture and storage (CCS) power plants were scrapped, most recently in 2015. Now, though, momentum is building behind carbon capture once more. The government has pledged £1 billion to support the development of four capture and storage “clusters” this decade and this month kicked off a process to select the first two. Projects in Humberside, Teesside, Merseyside, south Wales and northeast Scotland are all in the running, featuring many of the biggest names in British energy and manufacturing.
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