The government has handed out almost £30m to Shell and other companies for work on carbon capture and storage (CCS) despite scrapping their projects that could have played a role in beating climate change. The payments, revealed in a written parliamentary answer, come as the UK government is about to host the international Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum even though it has just mothballed a £1bn CCS research programme. It also means that more than £230m has been spent on CCS since 2011 but no working sequestration plants have been built. About Â£26m of additional cash has been paid for early engineering work for the now abandoned White Rose scheme in Yorkshire originally led by the power company Drax, and a further £3m for the scrap ped scheme at Peterhead in north-east Scotland, in which Shell was involved. Labour accused the Conservative government of pouring cash down the drain in what was described as a series of U-turns on energy policy since the Tories won the general election last year.
Guardian 19th June 2016 read more »