Redcar MP Anna Turley pressed Industry Minister Nick Hurd today (10th January 2017) on the Government’s support for carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology which could make Teesside the first clean industry zone.
At the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, Anna questioned Mr Hurd on what the new government’s policy will be after former Chancellor George Osborne cancelled a funding competition for CCS over a year ago.
A group of energy-intensive industries on Teesside have been working together as ‘Teesside Collective’ to develop a plan for the first clean industrial zone.
Last year an independent report commissioned by the Government named Teesside as one of the industrial locations which could benefit from the thousands of jobs the technology can deliver. However, they warned that the technology could only take off if the Government took a lead.
In response to Anna’s question Mr Hurd indicated the Government were looking for a way forward on the technology.
Speaking after the Committee meeting, Anna said:
“It was reassuring to hear that the Government are still committed to CCS but we need to see some clear leadership if this technology is to get off the ground.
“In order to meet our climate change obligations without burdening our industries and consumers with higher energy costs, investing in technology like CCS is crucial. It also has the potential to deliver thousands of new skilled jobs which we desperately need.
“Teesside is ready to step forward and show the world what CCS can do but the clock is ticking and we must seize this opportunity before other countries beat us to it.
“I hope Nick will take that message back to his colleagues in government.”