NORTHWICH, England, June 24, 2022 /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/ --
Tata Chemicals Europe ("TCE") today opened the UK's first industrial scale
carbon capture and usage plant today, signalling a key milestone in the race to
meet the UK's net zero targets.
The EURO20 million investment has been completed by UK-based Tata Chemicals
Europe, one of Europe's leading producers of sodium carbonate, salt and sodium
bicarbonate. The plant captures 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year - the
equivalent to taking over 20,000 cars off the roads and reduces TCE's carbon
emissions by more than 10%. The project will help unlock the future of carbon
capture as it demonstrates the viability of the technology to remove carbon
dioxide from power plant emissions and to use it in high end manufacturing
In a world-first, carbon dioxide captured from energy generation emissions is
being purified to food and pharmaceutical grade and used as a raw material in
the manufacture of sodium bicarbonate which will be known as Ecokarb(R). This
unique and innovative process is patented in the UK with further patents
pending in key territories around the world.
Ecokarb(R) will be exported to over 60 countries around the world. Much of the
sodium bicarbonate exported will be used in haemodialysis to treat people
living with kidney disease.
The carbon capture plant, which was supported with a EURO4.2m grant through the
UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's ("BEIS") Energy
Innovation Programme, marks a major step towards sustainable manufacturing
which will see TCE make net zero sodium bicarbonate and one of the lowest
carbon footprint sodium carbonate products in the world. These are used to make
essential items like glass, washing detergents, pharmaceutical products, food,
animal feed and in water purification.
Martin Ashcroft, Managing Director of Tata Chemicals Europe, said: "The
completion of the carbon capture and utilisation plant enables us to reduce our
carbon emissions, whilst securing our supply of high purity carbon dioxide, a
critical raw material, helping us to grow the export of our pharmaceutical
grade products across the world.
"With the support of our parent company, Tata Chemicals, and BEIS, we have been
able to deliver this hugely innovative project, enabling our UK operations to
take a major step in our carbon emissions reduction journey. Since 2000 we've
reduced our carbon intensity by 50% and have a clear roadmap to reduce this by
80% by 2030."
Speaking about the opening of the plant, Secretary of State for Business and
Energy, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: "This cutting-edge plant, backed by EURO4.2
million government funding, demonstrates how carbon capture is attracting new
private capital into the UK and is boosting new innovation in green
"We are determined to make the UK a world-leader in carbon capture, which will
help us reduce emissions and be a key part of the future of British industry."
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Source: Tata Chemicals Europe