Business Secretary secures agreement to ensure CO2 supplies

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced an agreement with CF Fertilisers to ensure the continued supply of CO2 to UK businesses – an essential component of the national economy.

The exceptional short term arrangement with CF Fertilisers will allow the company to immediately restart operations and produce CO2 at its Billingham plant. 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 per cent of UK’s CO2, used primarily by the food sector.

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.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “This agreement will ensure the many critical industries that rely on a stable supply of CO2 have the resources they require to avoid disruption. The quick and decisive action we have taken to resolve the issue shows the seriousness with which we have approached it. In our ongoing response to manage the impact of global gas price rises, we will continue to protect businesses and consumers.”