Those are the words of Will Gardiner, CEO of Drax Group, a UK energy firm helping to enable revolutionary technologies to capture carbon in the North of England.
Back in June, the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
Gardiner said Drax is committed to a zero-carbon, lower-cost energy future, and the company has accelerated its efforts to help the UK get off coal by converting its power station to using sustainable biomass.
The demonstration plant, at Drax’s power station near Selby in North Yorkshire, is capturing a tonne of CO2 a day as part of a six-month pilot.
The CO2 is captured from the combustion of 100% biomass feedstock – a first anywhere in the world.
The project was recently boosted by a £5m ($6.4m) UK Government grant, which Drax and C-Capture, the company behind the innovative technology, said would be used to further develop their understanding of how the technology could be scaled up to become the world’s first negative emissions power station in the 2020s.
If the technology can be successfully scaled up, the two companies could capture and store up to 16 million tonnes of CO2 each year.
Drax has recently had some questions about what the company is doing and Gardiner has spoken out in a video (featured below) to set the record straight.
Drax CEO Will Gardiner: “Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time”