Heads need banging together on carbon capture says Local MEP Chris Davies

The UK will miss out on €300 million for new green technology if the EU and UK can’t agree a common timescale according to a prominent expert on environmental legislation.

The UK Chancellor and Energy Secretary today announced £1 billion of investment in projects at Peterhead and in Yorkshire to prove that carbon dioxide can be safely taken from power stations and buried in empty oil wells under the North Sea.

Lib Dem MEP Chris Davies, who authored the EU law that provided billions of Euros of funding for the development of carbon capture and storage technology, says that bureaucrats in Brussels and Whitehall should be co-operating to get pilot projects in the UK up and running.

The EU is offering up to €300 million for pilot projects of exactly the type being funded by the UK Government but with a much shorter timescale.

Chris Davies said:

“£1 billion for CCS projects is great but the UK is missing out on hundreds of millions of extra funding because of two different calendars.

“The EU should slow down a bit and the UK should speed up to get their funding streams in line so the UK benefits from this massive funding boost for research.

“I’ll be using my influence in Brussels to bang some heads together but the inability of Brussels and Whitehall to work together is frustrating and counter-productive.

“Ministers and Commissioners should make clear to their bureaucrats and eurocrats that they expect a solution to the problem rather than excuses or we will get overtaken by China and the Canadians in the race to get a lead in this particular technology race.”

“If we are to build a stronger economy, Britain needs a strong research lead in green technology.”

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