UK shelf could store hundreds of years of emissions

The UK’s continental shelf could potentially absorb hundreds of years of UK and EU CO2 emissions, halving the cost of decarbonisation, but efforts are at risk from loss of the £1bn CCS competition

The UK's shelf could hold hundreds of years of CO2 emissions, but existing oil and gas pipelines could only be partly used for transport. Photograph: Trond Runar Solevaag/123RFThere are no major technical barriers to the UK storing more than 100 years of CO2 under its continental shelf waters and to its use as a hub for EU emissions storage, according to a report commissioned by DECC.

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