Drax Group CEO responds to UK Government’s Net Zero pledge

Will Gardiner comments on Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement

River Humber landscape, Kingston upon Hull.

“A net-zero economy is vital if we are to avert the climate crisis. By upscaling the successful Biomass with carbon capture and storage pilot at Drax and developing the world’s first negative emissions power station we can deliver for the climate and the economy – well ahead of the Government’s 2050 target.”

For background:

Drax Group CEO Will Gardiner at Drax Power Station. Click photo to view in high res for download.hum

  • Drax, Equinor and National Grid Ventures recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing them to work together to explore how a large-scale carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) network and a hydrogen production facility could be constructed in the Humber in the mid-2020s. This project will be vital for decarbonising heavy industries which are the cornerstone of the Humber’s economy and enabling future prosperity across the region and the whole of the UK.



  • Will Gardiner responded to the UK Committee on Climate Change’s Net Zero report on Thursday May 2: “Bioenergy with carbon capture is the cornerstone around which a low carbon economy can be built: Crucial for tackling climate change, it will also create new jobs and export opportunities for British businesses.”
  • If Drax’s BECCS pilot can be scaled up to deliver negative emissions, Drax Power Station would be helping to remove gases that cause global warming from the atmosphere at the same time as electricity is produced.
  • Drax is talking to a number of industries about using the COit is already capturing in their processes. This could be for the production of concrete, putting the fizz in the drinks industry or creating synthetic fuels to use in hard-to-decarbonise sectors like aviation.
  • Today Drax is capturing a tonne of carbon dioxide a day from its pilot – once scaled up it would be capturing 40,000 tonnes of carbon a day from its four biomass generating units. That’s at a 90% capture rate.
  • Read more about Drax’s Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) pilot here.

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Bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at Drax Power Station. Click photo to view/download in high res.