Kwarteng agrees CO2 deal to safeguard food supplies
Food supplies require CO2 to stay fresh
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has reached agreement with a chemicals company to resume CO2 production to safeguard food supplies.
The exceptional short term arrangement with CF Fertilisers will allow the company to immediately restart operations at its plant in Billingham on Teesside.
The Government will provide limited financial support for CF Fertilisers’ operating costs for three weeks whilst the CO2 market adapts to global gas prices.
CF Fertilisers produces around 60% of the UK’s CO2, used primarily by the food sector to keep products fresh.
The Government has held discussions with the main food producers, their trade bodies and the major supermarkets and they are committed to doing whatever it takes to move to a sustainable market-based solution by the end of the three-week period.