MP unhappy with carbon progress

Angus MP Mike Weir has called upon the UK government to make clear how many of the proposed new gas power stations will be fitted with Carbon Capture and Storage technology from the outset.

Mr Weir successfully fought for the inclusion of Gas CCS in the Energy Bill 2010 and has long pressed the government for progress on the matter.

Speaking in the House of Commons Mr Weir explained his concerns.

He said: “The UK government has missed the deadline for EU funding yet its Gas Strategy published last week envisaged at least 30 new gas fired power stations.

“How many of these will have Carbon Capture and Storage technology fitted from the outset?

“Whilst it is certain that gas will be important in the short term clearly we need to ensure that emissions are capped otherwise we have no chance of meeting our climate change reduction targets. It would be utter folly to press ahead with a large number of new stations without ensuring that CCS was available. The UK government need to get on and get this done.”