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UK chemicals plant ready to start carbon capture rollout

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A Cheshire chemicals factory is to start capturing carbon dioxide on an industrial scale from energy generation in what is described as the UK’s first major use of the emissions-reduction technology.Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) hopes to capture 40,000 tonnes of the greenhouse gas per year, reducing its annual emissions by 10% and providing it with a supply of high-purity carbon dioxide that could be used in products ranging from glass and washing detergents to pharmaceuticals and food.Carbon capture is seen by the UK’s Committee on Climate Change as an important part of the plan for net zero carbon emissions across society.

It could be particularly useful for “hard-to-abate” industrial sectors like steel, cement or chemicals, whose need for very high temperatures makes reliance on electricity tricky.

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