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MPs call for haste over emissions

Decisions on funding two pilot schemes to capture and bury carbon emissions from power stations including one in Aberdeenshire need to be fast-tracked after a decade of delay, MPs have urged.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, which captures emissions from fossil fuel power plants and then permanently stores it underground, could help keep greenhouse gases within the limits needed to stop dangerous climate change, a parliamentary committee said.

But the technology needs financial support to get it going in the face of high costs, and there are currently just a handful of projects worldwide with none fitted to full scale power stations, the Energy and Climate Change (ECC) committee warned.

A report from the committee has urged the Government to make final funding decisions on two pilot projects at Peterhead, and Drax, in North Yorkshire, by early 2015.

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