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Energy: Emissions

Volume 704: debated on Tuesday 28 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the technology planned for reducing emissions from new coal-fired power stations is the same as that approved by the Environment Agency for use by plants mixing waste material with coal in industrial furnaces; for example, in the production of cement. [HL5463]

A variety of techniques is used for reducing a range of emissions from industrial and combustion facilities. These are tailored to the particular processes being carried out. The technology that would be used to capture CO2 emissions from new coal-fired power stations differs from that which is used for flue-gas desulphurisation. The Environment Agency considers what are the best available techniques when determining environmental permits.