Monday 12th November 2012 | 13:51
Tom Greatrex: Real danger UK's lead in CCS technology will be lost
Tom Greatrex MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister, responding to reports from Brussels that the UK will lose out on vital EU carbon capture and storage (CCS) funding because of the UK Government’s failure to provide “funding detail”, has written to the European Commissioner for Climate Action seeking urgent clarification.
Tom Greatrex MP said:
“Ed Davey must clarify immediately his Government's position on CCS funding after yet more reports that UK projects will lose out on vital EU match funding because of prevarication in Whitehall.
“The Coalition Agreement committed the Government to financially supporting four CCS projects. Yet rather than make a decision to lever in up to €600m of EU funding Ed Davey produced a shortlist with no financial commitment - effectively kicking a decision into the long grass. Reports from Brussels suggest this latest example of the chaos and confusion in DECC have scuppered the chance of UK projects attracting vital match funding.
“There is now a real danger that the UK's lead in CCS technology will be lost due to Government incompetence and indecision.”