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Carbon capture storage will 'generate 100,000 jobs and £6.5bn a year'

The UK's carbon capture and storage (CCS) sector will be able to sustain 100,000 jobs by 2030 and generate up to £6.5bn a year, the government claimed today.


Unveiling a new strategy to encourage the growth of CCS, the energy and climate change secretary, Ed Miliband, said it represents a "massive industrial growth opportunity".


The government also announced that Yorkshire and Humber had been chosen as the UK's first low-carbon economic area for CCS.


The region has been chosen because it combines the UK's largest cluster of industrial CO2 emitters, academic expertise and proximity to potential storage sites.


Yorkshire and Humber is well placed to benefit from jobs and investment that expansion in the CO2 storage industry will bring, Miliband said.


Announcing the new plan, the he said: "CCS presents a massive growth opportunity for the UK. We have a strong, established and skilled workforce in precisely the sectors needed to get CCS deployed at scale. And we have some of the best potential sites in Europe for CO2 storage under the North Sea."


Miliband added: "For the UK economy as a whole these benefits could be worth up to £6.5bn a year, sustaining jobs for up to 100,000 people, by 2030."


The launch of the strategy comes after two power companies were awarded funding last week to develop designs for power plants with CCS technology.


E.ON and Scottish Power are competing for government backing to build the UK's first CCS coal-fired power plant at either Kingsnorth, Kent or Longannet, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. The undisclosed amount of funding for each company, which is drawn from a £90m pot, will support detailed engineering and design work for the projects over the next 12 months.


After that, the government will announce the winner of the competition. Climate activists have predicted a planned coal station with carbon capture in Ayrshire will become the "new Kingsnorth" if it goes ahead, a reference reference to E.ON's controversial coal-fired plant in Kent that sparked battles between protesters and police before E.ON finally shelved it.


The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has said four coal-fired power stations which demonstrate commercial-scale CCS on a section of the plant will be built, including the winner of the competition.


The development of the CCS plants will potentially be funded by a fossil fuel levy on energy companies.


The government has pledged no new coal-fired power stations will get the go-ahead without the technology, which could potentially reduce emissions by up to 90%.


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Why shouldn't Kellingley and Thoresby have remained open into 2018?

In a report prepared for the NUM and TUC "Merits of UK Coal State Aid Application" it is argued that rather than close Kellingley and Thorseby in 2015 they could remain open until 2018. Other EU member states have and still are benefiting from the fund whilst making a case for extended funding.

"It can be seen that our European competitors are taking a strategic decision to support their coal industry during managed wind down of uncompetitive coal mines, and are providing substantial sums under European State Aid regulations. As an example, Germany’s closure plans are designed to address the social impact of job losses, and specifically to allow sufficient time to enable direct and indirect supply chains to adjust. To date the UK has made little use of state-aid provisions for the sector, either under the previous regulations or current Closure Aid."

The full report can be read here http://www.num.org.uk/uploads/26/1184.pdf

David Hopper
  It is with deepest regret that we learn of the passing of Davy Hopper leader of the Durham Miners and member of the National Union of Mineworkers National Executive Committee. Chris Kitchen NUM National Secretary said our thoughts are with Maritza and all of Davy's family.

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Coal Combine
UNITE the NUM and Employers met in Barnsley 19 May 2016 and heard a presentation from Banks Mining. The meeting was updated on coal matters and Parliamentary activity and welcomed the support of MPs so far but emphasised the need to gain the support of more.The meeting was very concerned about repor

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Demand For Inquiry
DEMAND FOR ORGREAVE INQUIRY Mick Antoniw, Labour's Assembly candidate for Pontypridd who also represented Welsh miners who were charged in the aftermath of Orgreave as a solicitor has called for a full inquiry into the culture and operation of the South Yorkshire Police operation at Orgreave. Des

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Hillsborough
The National Executive Committee at its meeting 27 April 2016 unanimously agreed:The National Union of Mineworkers pays tribute to the strength and courage of the families and friends of those affected by what is known as the 'Hillsborough Disaster'. The decisions reached by a jury at the Hillsborou

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