A publicly funded scheme to reduce carbon emissions collapsed, after running up costs of £100m, following a disagreement between government departments, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has concluded. Ministers launched a competition for developing technology to capture carbon emissions before Treasury officials cancelled the project, a report by the National Audit Office has found. The carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition was the second attempt by the government to build technology that could absorb and dispose of carbon dioxide from power stations or heavy industry. Auditors concluded that a failure by the Treasury to a gree the long-term costs of the competition with the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) contributed to its cancellation in 2015, when ministers had already spent Â£100m on the scheme. The findings have concerned senior politicians. Meg Hillier, the chair of the public accounts committee, said the scheme was “hugely ambitious and expensive” but was in sight of a breakthrough when it was stopped.
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