Fact checker: Drax’s carbon-negative plans

Can adding carbon capture technology to Drax’s biomass plant enable it to become carbon-negative?

The Drax power station in North Yorkshire (photograph: Deborah Benbrook/123RF)

The claim: Adding carbon capture technology to Drax’s biomass plant could enable it to become carbon-negative

The reality: Feasible in the future, but only with new infrastructure, policy support and sustainable biomass

In February, Drax announced it had recovered CO2 released from burning biomass fuel at its plant in Selby, North Yorkshire, and said the project “could enable it to become the world’s first negative emissions power station”.

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