Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE ) opened UK's first industrial-scale carbon capture plant, which will recycle 40,000 tonnes of waste CO2 each year, equivalent of taking more than 20,000 cars off the roads.
The facility was built with an investment of US$ 24.5 million. According to BBC, a TCE spokesman described the plant as "a key milestone in the race to meet the UK's net zero targets" by 2050.
The site of TCE is in Northwich, Cheshire, and it will be the first in the world to purify and liquefy carbon dioxide as a raw material to make bicarbonate of soda, known as Ecokark.
Ecokark is a food and pharmaceutical grade chemical with varieties of usages such as treating people living with kidney disease. It will be exported to more than 60 countries, bringing in tens of millions of revenues for the company every year.
Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the facility "demonstrates how carbon capture is attracting new private capital into the UK and is boosting new innovation in green technologies."