Chris Huhne, British secretary of state for energy and climate change, helped inaugurate his country's first carbon capture plant tied directly to a coal-fired power station.
The CCS technology in West Yorkshire could remove up to 100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per day from the regional coal-fired power station.
"This is the first operating carbon capture plant attached to a power station at this scale in the U.K. and has benefited from more than $9.4 million in public money," Huhne said in a statement.
"This investment will be invaluable to the wider commercial scale deployment of CCS by reducing uncertainty, driving down costs and developing the U.K. supply chain and skills."
The CCS project is part of a $195 million, four-year effort to develop carbon capture technology in the country. More than 20 British companies had a hand in developing the facility.
The International Energy Agency said CCS technology could cut CO2 emissions from the industrial sector by as much as 4 gigatons by the middle of the century.
In a report with the U.N. Industrial Development Organization, the IEA said more than 1,800 large-scale CCS projects are needed in the next 40 years. This, the agencies said, could cost as much as $900 billion.