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Clean tech needs funding boost, says academic

The UK government must spend more on projects to test greenhouse-gas removal technologies if it is going to meet its clean growth targets, a top geochemist has warned.

Gideon Henderson, a professor of Earth sciences at the University of Oxford, praised the government’s clean growth strategy and investment in greenhouse-gas removal technologies, but said there was an “urgent need” for more action. The strategy, launched in April 2018, includes a commitment to spend up to £20 million to support a new clean technology early stage investment fund.

“One area…is the urgent need for demonstrator and field-scale trials of some of these technologies to move beyond what is effectively paper or laboratory-scale to real deployment scale,” he told a House of Commons Science and Technology Committee hearing on technologies for meeting clean-growth emissions-reduction targets on 23 April.

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