China and UK Sign 'Clean Coal' Research Agreement
The United Kingdom is to spend £3.5 million (US$6.1 million) over a period of three years researching 'clean coal' technologies with China. The aim is to develop power stations that emit less of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
China's deputy science minister Liu Yanhua and UK chief scientist David King signed the deal during King’s visit to Beijing on 20 December.
The joint project will assess different technologies for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) released by coal-burning power stations, and the potential for storing the gas underground.
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