University researchers from Leeds, Imperial College London, Cambridge, Cranfield, Nottingham and Kent Universities have been awarded a share of £6.9m to fund research into CCS technology. The research will look at creating a stream of carbon dioxide which can be captured by burning coal with a mix of pure oxygen and power station flue gases. The funding for this research comes from E.ON and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Meanwhile, regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward, are working on building a CCS power plant at Hatfield, in South Yorkshire, by pumping the carbon emissions into the rock bed under the North Sea. If successful, they hope to extend this to every coal-fired power station in the region, including Europe's largest at Drax, near Selby.