The UK wants to build its first project to capture and store carbon emissions from industry within the next decade, as part of a rebooted push by ministers to support the technology. The government scrapped a £1bn carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition in 2015, with the then-chancellor George Osborne saying it was too costly. Earlier efforts had also collapsed. But on Wednesday the energy minister, Claire Perry, will signal the government’s renewed interest in the technology, including plans to repurpose fossil fuel infrastructure, such as reusing old gas pipelines to transport the carbon. A new £20m dedicated fund will help build carbon capture equipment at industrial sites, which comes on top of an existing £100m pot. The hope is for a pilot facility in the mid-2020s, followed by full-scale ones in the 2030s.
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