The UK’s National Grid says an ideal location for carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been found off England’s Yorkshire Coast, that it believes can boost the EU’s efforts to tackle carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.

The FT reports that early results from test drilling show the site should be able to store permanently 200m tonnes of the carbon dioxide emissions blamed for global warming that governments have committed more than $25bn to try to curb.

“The milestone is significant in a European context as we believe it is the first offshore appraisal drilling for power station emissions,” the National Grid said.

The National Grid is in one of two consortiums vying to win a £1bn carbon capture and storage competition the UK government first announced six years ago. The EU has been running a separate competition but both have been set back by the eurozone’s economic woes.

National Grid says the site it has tested would be big enough to store emissions from other industrial plants in the Humber region in a move equal to taking 10m cars off the road for 10 years.

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