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Carbon Sequestration

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to encourage the further development of carbon capture and storage technology; and if he will make a statement. (308902)

We have announced support for what is expected to be one of the world's first commercial-scale demonstrations of CCS on a coal-fired power station, and recently confirmed our intention to support a total of four demonstration projects.

We have supported extensive research to help understand the potential of CCS internationally and domestically. We have created one of the world's first legal frameworks to allow the safe storage of carbon dioxide and address the problem of long-term liability associated with storage sites.