Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is widely seen as Yorkshire’s best chance of maintaining its tradition of heavy industry into the latter years of the 21st century.
The region has been earmarked as an ideal place to pilot the emerging technology, being already home to a cluster of power stations and other heavily-polluting sites and located close to depleted oil and gas fields beneath the North Sea, where scientists say millions of tons of CO2 could be stored.
Regional planners want to establish a network of CO2 pipelines stretching from the Aire Valley to the mouth of the Humber. But getting the first project off the ground is a crucial first step.
The Government withdrew support for one ‘clean coal’ power station at Hatfield in 2012, and the region’s best hopes now lie with the White Rose project at Drax.