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Coal-Fired Power Stations: Carbon Sequestration

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what definition of the term “capture ready” he uses; and what criteria are used to determine whether a proposed power plant is “capture ready” with regard to carbon capture and storage. (189925)

There is as yet no agreed definition of capture ready either in the UK or internationally.

Ministers committed themselves in the Energy White Paper last year (s.5.4.27) to consulting on both the principle of carbon capture readiness and its definition. We expect to issue the consultation document shortly. We will also seek views on the draft EU directive on carbon storage (including its proposed definition of what constitutes carbon capture readiness) published a few weeks ago.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will hold a consultation on a suitable definition for the phrase carbon capture and storage ready as it applies to coal-fired power stations. (190220)

In our Energy White Paper last May, the Government committed themselves to doing exactly this in respect of all fossil-fuelled power stations, not solely coal-fired ones. We expect to issue our consultation, which will also take into account the draft EU directive on carbon storage, later in the spring.