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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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Kellingley and Thoresby could remain 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. But the Government need to act now! 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

Save Coal - Save Ukraine
Save Coal – Save Ukraine On 21 April 2015, the III Congress of Mineworkers of Ukraine was held at the International Centre of Culture and Arts in Kiev. 800 delegates representing their collieries attended that event. The key attention of that Forum was paid to the issue if mining industry is

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Workers Memorial Day
  Workers Memorial Day 2015 28 April 2015 - People throughout the UK observed Workers Memorial Day and NUM representatives attended the annual event in Barnsley organised by Raleys Solicitors. Yorkshire Area Vice-Chairman Keith Hartshorne spoke about how tragic events had shaped mining safe

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Held To Ransom?
Do we want to rely on the Russians to keep the lights on? Dear Sir, The last remaining deep coal mines in the UK will close unless the new Government grants them State Aid. Yet coal is the biggest source of electricity generation in this country, with more than a third of our energy still being

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Labour Support For Coal
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband has written to the NUM expressing support for the UK Coal Industry. Whilst welcoming the news from the Labour leader Chris Kitchen said that every effort will continue to be made by the NUM and as soon as Ed is PM we will be knocking on his door the sam

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