UK Net Zero Teesside Project Expected To Emit 20M Tons Of CO2

UK Net Zero Teesside Project Expected To Emit 20M Tons Of CO2 - Carbon Herald

According to a new expert report submitted to the UK government, the  multibillion-pound Net Zero Teesside project will emit over 20 million metric tons of CO2. 

The project, backed by two of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, bp and Equinor, is valued at roughly £4 billion (~$5 billion) and is claimed to capture 95% of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, once it becomes operational. 

The project involves building a new gas-fired power plant, equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology that will capture some 10 million tons of CO2 annually, which will then be transported to the North Sea for permanent underground storage. 

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However, the new research carried out by energy analyst Andrew Boswell on the basis of the project’s own figures shows that even if these claims are true, the Net Zero Teesside gas scheme will still end up releasing over 20 million tons of CO2 over its lifetime. 

“When a project produces over 20m tonnes of carbon pollution, it is simply wrong, and misleading, to call it ‘net zero’,” Boswell commented. 

Although Boswell’s calculations were taken into account and were confirmed, the Net Zero Teesside scheme was still given the go-ahead in February this year by the energy secretary Claire Coutinho.

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A spokesperson for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero defended the project, but did not argue with Boswell’s findings.

“Power stations with these facilities will provide a stable energy supply, not dependent on the weather, with low emissions. This will be vital to support a secure, largely renewables-based energy system in 2050,” the spokesperson said. 

Now, Boswell is taking the UK government to court to have the decision to allow the Teesside project to move forward reviewed. 

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