Carbon sites policy urged

A national policy statement (NPS) on carbon capture and storage is urgently needed if the UK is to meet its emissions targets, engineers have claimed.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)'s suggestion would bring the technology in line with upcoming NPSs on nuclear, gas storage, electricity networks, renewables and fossil fuel stations.

The ICE argued that a national network of pipelines is needed to move carbon from power stations to storage sites in depleted North Sea oil and gas fields. Developers and investors are discouraged by the risk posed by crossing local authority boundaries, it said.

An NPS would provide "strategic level clarity and reduce uncertainty", said the ICE. This should be accompanied by a road map for developing storage sites with deadlines for government action on planning, licensing and regulation, it added.

"In the current climate there is no incentive for utility providers to sink billions into projects with no certain future," said ICE vice-president Geoff French.

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