Tom Greatrex MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister, commenting on a written statement from the Department for Energy and Climate Change on the UK’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition, said:
"The UK should be at the cutting edge of developing carbon capture and storage. But yet again Ed Davey has kicked a decision about support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) into the long grass, creating more uncertainty for the industry. We are now at risk of losing our competitive advantage in developing low carbon technologies, engineering expertise and valuable skills that we could export around the globe.
"Months after they launched the latest competition, Ministers have still not said how much money the Government will allow for each project and when, or how many of these projects they expect to survive to the end of the process. Minsters must come clean about whether the delays announced today will harm the UK’s ability to access vital EU funding, which could make the difference between projects going ahead or not."