BEIS finds UCG incompatible with decarbonisation plans

Underground coal gasification is unlikely to get government support in England after a report found it would have a significant impact on carbon emissions

Northumberland, North East England, UK. Photograph: Duncan Andison/123RFThe development of underground coal gasification in England (UCG) has taken a step backwards in England as Westminster said it was minded not to support the technology.

Following the publication of a government-commissioned report on the plausibility of domestic UCG development by engineering firm Atkins BEIS said the technology did not fit in with its plans for a low-carbon future. The report was completed in November 2015 but not published until 8 December this year. 

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