More than 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year will be sucked out of the atmosphere and turned into eye drops, Pot Noodles and even BEER as part of £22MILLION UK project

  • A plant in Cheshire will capture the equivalent emissions of 20,000 cars in a year
  • Total of £22million of Government money has been promised for carbon storage 
  • Chemicals can be turned into products such as eye drops, beer and Pot Noodles

A total of more than 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide could be removed from the atmosphere every year as part of a carbon capture scheme.

A total of £22million of Government money has been promised to help a variety of schemes which will see the greenhouse gas and other chemicals extracted from the atmosphere.

It can then be turned into useful products such as eye drops, beer and Pot Noodles.

One plant in Cheshire will capture the equivalent emissions of 20,000 cars in a year and is scheduled for 2021. 

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Tata Chemicals Europe hosted an event at the site in Winnington, Cheshire to announce the project and announced the funding for carbon capture systems 

Tata Chemicals Europe hosted an event at the site in Winnington, Cheshire to announce the project.

When fully operational in 2021 it will be the largest carbon capture plant in the UK, removing 100 times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than the country’s current largest facility.

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore said: ‘Carbon capture, usage and storage has an essential role to play in our efforts to tackle climate change, helping us to meet our ambition to end our contribution to global warming entirely by 2050.

‘If we are to become a net zero emissions economy and end our contribution towards global warming, then innovative schemes like Tata Chemicals’ will be essential. 

‘Their plans demonstrate the enormous potential that CCUS has, reducing our emissions and helping companies to innovate and export products all around the world.

It can then be turned into useful products such as eye drops, beer and Pot Noodles. One plant in Cheshire will capture the equivalent emissions of 20,000 cars in a year and is scheduled for 2021

‘The funding the Government is awarding today puts the UK at the forefront of the rollout of this technology and demonstrates how our Clean Growth Strategy is delivering for all parts of the country.’

The UK has recently laid out ambitious plans to be carbon neutral by 2050 which place it among the world leaders. 

A report was published focusing on ensuring the carbon produced and the carbon captured balances out by 2050, and some of the recommendations include cutting down on meat, more electric cars and increased carbon storage. 

WHAT ARE THE UK’S PLANS FOR ‘NET ZERO’ CARBON EMISSIONS?

Plans for the UK to become ‘carbon’ neutral by 2050 were released by Theresa May’s government on June 12, 2019.

However, experts are concerned over how the proposals will work.

The report commits to ensuring that the emissions generated by the UK are offset by removing the same amount of carbon from the atmosphere.

There are two main ways this can be achieved – by planting more trees and by installing ‘carbon capture’ technology at the source of the pollution.

Some critics are worried that this first option will be used by the government to export it’s carbon offsetting to other countries.

International carbon credits let nations continue emitting carbon while paying for trees to be planted elsewhere, balancing out their emissions.

Some argue that the scheme is a way for developed nations to shirk their environmental obligations, by passing them to poor and developing countries.

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