What is CCS?
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Why CCS?
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CCS uses established technologies to capture, transport and store carbon dioxide emissions from large point sources, such as power stations. It also has an important role to play to ensure manufacturing industries, such as steel and cement, can continue to operate, without the associated emissions.

CCS is a key tool in tackling climate change, providing energy security, creating jobs and economic prosperity.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) states that CCS could reduce global carbon dioxide emissions by 19%, and that fighting climate change could cost 70% more without CCS.

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From its base in London the Carbon Capture & Storage Association brings together specialist companies in manufacturing & processing, power generation, engineering & contracting, oil, gas & minerals as well as a wide range of support services to the energy sector such as law, finance, consultancy and project management.

The Association is a model for sectoral cooperation in business development and its existence is welcomed by government.

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What is CCS?

CCS, or Carbon Capture and Storage, is a low carbon technology which captures carbon dioxide (CO2) from the burning of coal and gas for power generation, and from the manufacturing of steel, cement and other industrial facilities. The carbon dioxide is then transported by either pipeline or ship, for safe and permanent underground storage, preventing it from entering the atmosphere and contributing to anthropogenic climate change.

How will CCS help us tackle climate change?

There is an urgent need to tackle climate change and we need “all the tools in the box” to do so; we cannot tackle climate change effectively without CCS. Measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including more electric cars, will mean we need more electricity; and CCS is an unavoidable option if we are to ensure that we can meet this electricity demand with an acceptable carbon footprint.

To meet our UK climate change targets, we will need to decarbonise the power sector by the 2030s, and the heavy industry sector beyond that. We cannot do this without CCS.

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12th October 2017

UK Government Publishes Clean Growth Strategy 

The UK Government has today published its Clean Growth Strategy, which sets out the Government's position on how it intends to meet the fifth carbon budget. As part of this strategy, the Government has re-affirmed its commitment to developing CCS, stating its intention to publish a CCS deployment pathway by 2018.

View the Clean Growth Strategy.

View the CCSA press release.

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5th October 2017

CCS Study Shows Immense Benefits of CCS to the UK Economy

The CCS study "Clean Air, Clean Industry, Clean Growth: How Carbon Capture Will Boost the UK Economy" has today been published. The study sets out a cost benefit analysis of the value of CCS to the UK economy, showing that the benefits of CCS could reach £129 billion, outweighing the costs by a ratio of 5:1.

View the executive summary, full report and press release here.

View the CCSA press release.

 

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