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UK launches licensing opportunities for CO2 storage in the English Cannel

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🗞️ Driving the news: The UK has introduced new licensing opportunities for CO2 storage in the English Channel, managed by the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA)
• This initiative marks a step forward in utilizing the region's underground sites for environmental benefits

🔭 The context: Companies interested in these licenses must apply by June 5, 2024
• The NSTA will handle the technical review of submissions, with environmental evaluations conducted by the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment & Decommissioning under the Habitats Regulations

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This move by the UK underlines its ongoing commitment to carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a vital technology for reducing greenhouse gas emissions
• By expanding these efforts to the English Channel, the UK aims to further capitalize on its geological assets for environmental gain

⏭️ What's next: Following the application deadline, the NSTA will review submissions, a process that will shape the future landscape of carbon storage in the region
• Decisions on permits for previously submitted projects are expected later in 2024, potentially advancing the UK's CCS infrastructure

💬 One quote: "By exploring the possibility of CO2 storage underground in the English Channel region, the UK is demonstrating its commitment to advancing sustainable practices," said an NSTA spokesperson

📈 One stat: In 2023, the UK issued 21 licenses for carbon storage, which could potentially remove the emission equivalent of 6 million cars from the roads

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