Hertfordshire: Climate change protesters removed from A120

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Carbon capture technology or Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), reduces carbon emissions through a three-step process, involving capturing the carbon dioxide used in industrial processes, compressing it and transporting it underground via pipelines and then permanently storing it underground. The revolutionary new North Sea plan, supported by Shell UK, seeks to do this same process in the pipelines that have been used to transport fossil fuels from the North Sea into the UK energy grid.

Senior Vice President of UK Upstream Shell Simon Roddy told Sky News: ”It’s a really important point to stress that even at net zero industry will need to continue to need oil and gas and CCS is a technology that actually helps us reduce the emissions from those industries that actually require oil and gas.”

The plan is for this process to take place at St Fergus gas terminal in Scotland.

Nick Cooper, Chief Executive of Storegga explained: “Gas is coming from the north sea, it’s been cleaned up and sent into the national grid to go to everybody’s home around the country.

“I think in 30 to 50 years time you’re going to see still that process continuing but what you’ll see is in reverse a CCS facility that is then sending the CO2 that is captured from this gas offshore to make this gas net zero.”

This process may even allow fossil fuel companies to go about their business as usual while the Government can race to its net-zero target.

This comes as the COP26 climate summit held approaches, with just under two weeks until 25000 world delegates will flock to Glasgow for crucial climate talks.

Boris Johnson has set a target to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

But this project could be controversial and Mr Johnson may choose to avoid bringing up CCS at the talks.

But this may be also may be a trick that the Prime Minister has up his sleeve.

Mr Johnson has refused to rule out the possibility of new oil and gas licences in the North Sea, and with CCS technology on the cards, this might explain why.

But this also comes as the Prime Minister was slammed by a group of 70 climate experts who urged that Mr Johnson should take “bold political action” on fossil fuels and rule out new oil and gas investment.

In their letter to Government, the scientists urged that Britain ends its policy of “maximising the economic recovery” of oil and gas in UK waters.

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They said that the government should make sure the government provide support to gas workers looking to move into low-carbon industries.

Navraj Singh Ghaleigh, a senior lecturer in climate law at the University of Edinburgh, who coordinated the letter, said: “Prime minister, the message from the world’s climate scientists couldn’t be clearer: if we want a liveable planet, we need to stop investing in new oil and gas developments now.”

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