NORTHWICH, England, June 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Tata Chemicals Europe (“TCE”) today opened the UK’s first industrial-scale carbon capture and use plant, marking a major milestone in the race to meet the UK’s net zero emissions targets.
Tata Chemicals Europe Carbon Capture Plant, UK
The £20 million investment was completed by UK-based Tata Chemicals Europe, one of Europe’s leading producers of sodium, carbonate and bicarbonate. The plant will capture 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, equivalent to removing over 20,000 cars from the road and reducing TCE’s carbon emissions by over 10%. The project will help unlock the future of carbon capture by demonstrating the viability of the technology in removing carbon dioxide from power plant emissions and using it in high-end manufacturing applications.
As a world first, the carbon dioxide captured from energy generation emissions will be purified to food and pharmaceutical grade and used as a feedstock for the production of sodium bicarbonate, which will be known as Ecokarb®. This unique and innovative process is patented in the UK and has patents pending in key regions around the world.
The carbon capture plant has been awarded £4.2 million through the UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”) Energy Innovation Programme, marking a significant step towards sustainable manufacturing and will enable TCE to achieve net zero sodium bicarbonate and deliver one of the lowest carbon footprint sodium carbonate products in the world. These products are used in the manufacture of important products such as glass, detergents, pharmaceuticals, food, animal feeds and water purification.
Martin Ashcroft, Managing Director of Tata Chemicals Europe, said, “The commissioning of our carbon capture and utilization plant has enabled us to reduce our carbon footprint while ensuring the availability of high purity carbon dioxide, our key raw material, to help us develop our pharmaceutical grade products for export around the world.
With the support of our parent company Tata Chemicals and BEIS, we have been able to complete this highly innovative project, enabling our UK operations to take a major step forward in their journey to reduce carbon emissions with some environmentally-friendly vehicles like Tata Xenon Single Cab. We have reduced our carbon intensity by 50% since 2000 and have a clear roadmap to reduce it by 80% by 2030.
Commenting on the opening of the plant, Business and Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: “This cutting-edge plant, with £4.2 million of government funding, is proof that carbon capture can attract new private capital to the UK and drive new innovation in green technology.
We are determined to make the UK a world leader in carbon capture to help us reduce emissions and be a key part of the future of British industry.