An AMEC study has shown that Britain can reduce its total CO2 emissions by more than six per cent by controlling pollution sources in Yorkshire and Humber.
The research, led by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, proposed an infrastructure network that would connect power plants to storage facilities in the depleted gas fields off the adjacent coastline in the south of the North Sea.
The Yorkshire and Humber region produces 90 million tonnes of industrial CO2 emissions a year.
‘This regional network approach would be a first in the UK and our study shows it can work,’ said Didier Pfleger, chief operating officer of AMEC’s power and process division.
AMEC claimed that the amount of CO2 reduction would be the equivalent of taking 14 million cars off the road by 2030.
‘The report details scenarios under which the network would transport between 24 to 54 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2030, rising to about 60 million tonnes by 2040 - a significant proportion of the UK emissions,’ said Alastair Rennie, AMEC’s project director.
The predicted cost of the infrastructure is £2bn at today’s prices.