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Carbon Capture

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research he has commissioned on advanced coal technologies and carbon capture and storage since 1997; and what the cost was of such research. (85228)

The UK's Cleaner Coal Technology programme started in 1999. Under this programme we have supported 48 collaborative R and D projects on advanced coal technologies through four calls to the value of £13 million as well as a significant number of small R and D projects in collaboration with British Coal Utilisation Research Association for which some £150,000 per year was allocated. In all 174 Cleaner Coal projects have been supported to date, with an additional £3.5 million provided for collaborative Cleaner Coal Technology projects with the USA since then. Under the Department’s New Technology programme (the successor to the Cleaner Coal programme) £3.5 million was set aside for carbon abatement (including carbon capture and storage) R and D projects during 2005-06.

We published two reports produced internally investigating carbon capture and storage and the results of these can be found in “The Review of Carbon Capture and Storage in the UK” and “The Carbon Abatement Technology (CAT) Strategy for Fossil Fuel Use”, both of which can be found in the Libraries of the House. Both reports can also be found on the DTI Website at