UK government supports carbon capture research

18 July 2023 | Muriel Cozier

Global push to use CCUS to tackle emissions.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is among a number of businesses receiving a share of £82.9 million in funding from the UK government to help move their production processes to cleaner energy sources and reduced emissions.

P&G received £950 000 which will be used by the consumer goods company to ‘explore how to integrate carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) into its manufacturing, by extracting carbon from the company’s waste streams’. Part of a research programme called CarboNation, P&G is collaborating with both Newcastle University’s School of Engineering, and Centre for Process Innovation.

P&G is also part of the Flue2Chem consortium. Led by Unilever and SCI the consortium, comprising 15 organisations in total, is developing a project aimed at converting industrial waste gases into sustainable materials for use in consumer products.

P&G is one of 29 projects that received a share of the overall funding. Other companies include Kellogg’s and Scotland’s oldest whiskey maker; Annandale Distillery. The funding forms part of the UK government’s commitment to reduce overall UK energy demand by 15% by 2030, as well as a wider ambition to increase the UK’s energy independence.

Also pursuing carbon capture research, DRAX in collaboration with Promethean Particles has received funding from the UK government's Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNEZ) for Project MONET. The project will test metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)-based Negative Emissions Technology.

Drax’s CCUS incubation site at the Drax power station located in North Yorkshire, UK will be home to the project which Drax says has the potential to be deployed to help decarbonise its supply chain and contribute to its mission of enabling net-zero. Jason Shipstone, Chief Innovation Officer, Drax Group said: ‘This new project will help us better understand the performance and future applications for [MOFs] technology'.

Beyond the UK, Aker Carbon Capture is teaming up with Aramco to explore partnership opportunities to deploy CCUS in Saudi Arabia. Under a Memorandum of Understanding the partners will focus on carbon emissions reduction and removal through CCUS from industries and energy solutions by offering modular carbon capture plants. The agreement will run for two years. Through the Middle East Green Initiative, the region aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 670 million tonnes per year. Aker Carbon Capture said that it was important for the company to support ‘this major undertaking, which represents around 10% of global nationally determined contributions.’

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