Households face paying an extra £200 per year to fund greenhouse gas removal technology, as industries pass on the cost of measures needed to reach net zero, a government commission has said. The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has recommended that the Government ramps up its support for greenhouse gas removal, which can suck carbon out of the air and reduce the UK’s contribution to climate change. However, the measures are expensive, and costs should be borne by industries that cannot easily decarbonise, such as air travel and the farming sector, the body has said. Those costs will then be passed on to consumers, which could result in a £200 bill per household per year by 2050. Households that use air travel and eat more food would pay more towards the levy on industry, with lower income households paying £80 per year and higher income households paying £400. The Commission said greenhouse gas removal devices were vital in helping the UK reach net zero emissions by 2050. The technology is carbon negative, because it does not contribute to emissions but removes carbon from the air by sucking carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon can also be captured by planting trees before burning them for bioenergy.
Telegraph 29th July 2021 read more »
Families will have to pay up to £400 more a year for food, goods and travel to allow polluting industries to suck carbon out of the air, the government’s infrastructure adviser says. Sectors with little chance of hitting net-zero emissions by 2050 will have to start covering the cost of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, according to the National Infrastructure Commission. It said in a report that taxpayers must spend up to £400 million over the next decade to help create an industry to store the gases if Britain is to meet its carbon pledge. But it added that from 2030 polluting industries such as aviation, agriculture and shipping should contribute £2 billion a year themselves, even if costs end up being passed on to consumers. The recommendation is likely to intensify opposition to Boris Johnson’s net-zero pledge from backbenchers, with Conservative MPs increasingly concerned that green commitments will push up bills for families.
Times 29th July 2021 read more »
National Infrastructure Commission urges government to act quickly to drive development of first wave of BECCS and DACS plants, arguing carbon removals will be a cornerstone of the UK’s future economy.
Business Green 29th July 2021 read more »
The UK government must commit to the wide-scale deployment of new greenhouse gas removal technologies by 2030 in order to meet its climate change obligations, according to a report by the National Infrastructure Commission. The report sets out how the engineered removal and storage of carbon dioxide offers the most realistic way to mitigate the final slice of emissions expected to remain by the 2040s from sources that don’t currently have a decarbonisation solution, like aviation and agriculture. Given the scale of removals likely to be needed, these technologies would represent a whole new infrastructure sector that could reach revenues matching that of the UK’s water sector by 2050.
National Infrastructure Commission 29th July 2021 read more »
The climate emergency will only serve to widen the inequality gap as it brings more extreme weather, more damage to the environment and people’s health. We know climate change does most damage to the most vulnerable in developing countries – because they have the least capacity to adapt to its consequences. We also know they are the people who bear least responsibility for causing the problem in the first place. A similar injustice is happening here. Deprived communities who have smaller carbon footprints and pollute less than wealthier communities often live in areas of higher pollution which are less resilient to the effects of climate change. The prime minister ended his speech with an ask, to: “come to Neil O Brien, or to me with your vision for how you will level up.” Here is our vision: levelling up the environment so that it is better for everyone — rich and poor, black and white – is as important as levelling up economic opportunities. The two are linked: investing in a better environment will also create jobs and growth. While our towns and cities are cleaner than they were, there is more to do to improve air quality, river pollution and offensive waste sites. Since the worst environments tend to be in the poorest places, tackling them is a double win: it will make poorer communities both greener and richer. We also need a fairer proportion of green and blue space in cities. This doesn’t just mean new parks. A flood defence doesn’t have to be a concrete wall: it can have trees, walkways and cycle tracks. The NHS could save over £2 billion in treatment annually if everyone in England had equal access to quality green space.
Times 30th July 2021 read more »