Tom Greatrex MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister, said in response to the appointment of Patrick Dixon as the Expert Chair of the Office of Carbon Capture and Storage:
"I welcome Patrick Dixon’s appointment, and wish him well in his new role. Anything that can bring focus to taking forward CCS development on a commercial scale is a good thing.
"However, as well as appointing an Expert Chair, the government needs to provide clarity on its funding intentions and timescales if CCS to achieve its full potential in the UK.
"Confusion still reigns, with four Cabinet Ministers unable to clarify the government's intentions to the House of Commons.
"In a written answer yesterday the Energy Minister said that no announcement had been by Danny Alexander on CCS funding in this Parliament. Anybody who heard the announcement on the radio on 28 November would tell you otherwise.
What potential investors need from the government are clear answers, not more dither, delay and confusion."