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Helping the UK hit net zero emissions by 2050

Businesses across the UK are looking at how they can reduce their carbon footprint and bring their overall emissions as close to zero as possible, to help the UK hit its legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050. But for some industries, this presents a far greater challenge than others.

Sectors like agriculture and aviation are notoriously hard to decarbonise, so by 2050 a significant volume of emissions from sectors like these will still be emitted. That’s why experts agree that to tackle climate change and reach net zero, we need to do more than reduce global outputs – we also need to remove carbon dioxide that’s already in the atmosphere. And that’s where Drax can help.


Drax’s decarbonisation journey

At COP25 in December 2019, we announced our world leading ambition to become carbon negative. We have already transformed Drax Power Station in Selby into Europe’s largest decarbonisation project by converting it to use sustainable biomass instead of coal, and our commercial coal operations came to an end in March of this year.

Now, Drax is taking another momentous step in our decarbonisation journey, by kicking off the national planning consent process that could make us a carbon negative company by 2030. With Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage, known as ‘BECCS’, we can permanently remove millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere each year.

Levelling up the North and providing global leadership

As well as improving the environment we live in, BECCS will generate clean growth for the economy and create and support tens of thousands of new, green jobs.

Drax Power Station’s location in the Humber means that we are in a unique position to decarbonise the North of England. As the UK’s most carbon intensive region, decarbonising the Humber would have the greatest impact on enabling the UK to reach its legally binding net zero by 2050 target and establish the wider region as a global leader in tackling climate change.

Drax stands ready to invest and help the UK reach net zero

Innovative green technologies like BECCS can save the UK billions of pounds in achieving our legally binding climate targets. Recent research has shown that deploying BECCS at Drax in 2027 is the fastest and most cost-efficient way of the UK achieving net zero. With BECCS at Drax it will cost the UK £4.5bn less to achieve the 5th carbon budget, and over £5bn less to achieve net zero. This means that now is the time to act.

BECCS at Drax is the most advanced carbon capture and storage project under development in the UK, having successfully piloted capture projects since 2019. Drax is now ready to invest further in this essential technology to help the UK decarbonise faster and kickstart a whole new industry here.

By delivering BECCS, the UK can show the world what can be achieved for the environment and the economy when governments, businesses and communities work together.

To find out more visit: www.drax.com/ReadyToAct

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