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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About the CCSA
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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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8 April 2014

White Rose CCS Project Starting Public Exhibitions

The White Rose CCS project has issued a press release to announce a programme of public exhibitions on the CCS project. These public exhibitions are open to local residents and will take place on the 15th, 16th and 17th April.

View the press release.

24 February 2014
UK Government Awards FEED Contract to Peterhead Gas-CCS Project 

CCSA welcomes today's announcement by the UK Government to award a FEED contract to the Peterhead gas-CCS project in Scotland. At the same time, the Government also published the final report of the Wood Review on maximizing recovery from the UKCS.

View the CCSA press release.

View the DECC announcement.

View this week’s newsletter (Issue 254, 10 April 2014)

UK news

  • Putting carbon capture and storage on the map: an SCCS
  • resource
  • Visit the White Rose CCS Project exhibitions next week
  • Chemical engineers urged to lead the battle against climate
  • change
  • Barriers to Deployment of CCS from Industrial Sources in
  • the UK
  • Leaked IPCC climate plan to worsen global warming -
  • ecologists
  • Government should help keep threatened coal mines open,
  • says TUC
  • Tony Lodge: Face to face with the fact that we need coal
  • power

International News

  • EU carbon price raised $180m in March
  • Carbon capture utilization and storage: from theory to
  • reality
  • SaskPower reaches CCS agreement in Europe
  • Introductory remarks on new guidelines on state aid
  • Utilities disagree on how EPA should regulate emissions
  • Washington University nets $3.4 million energy grant
  • World’s Largest Cement Companies Merge, Creating Carbon
  • Behemoth
  • Going carbon negative with Bio-CCS
  • More stringent climate policies mean hard choices for coal
  • plant operators
  • Time Running Out to Meet Global Warming Target
  • China's Strategy for Future Energy Development
  • Oils Sands Industry Unlikely CO2 Recycling Champion
  • UN climate chief urges radical clean-up of oil, gas industry
  • Whitfield Continued Fight for Affordable Energy
  • Climate change: risks and opportunities

Weekly News

For a round-up of CCS news this week, see the latest CCSA Weekly Newsletter.