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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November 2018

UK Government publishes CCUS Action Plan

On the 28th November, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published the CCUS Action Plan, setting out "how government and industry can work in partnership to achieve the government’s ambition for CCUS." In particular, the Action Plan includes a commitment to deliver the first CCUS project by the mid 2020s.

View the report here.

View the CCSA press release.


July 2018

CCUS Cost Challenge Taskforce publishes report to Government

On the 19th July, the CCUS Cost Challenge Taskforce published its report to Government, setting out its recommendations for how the UK can deliver Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) at scale. The report sets out the enormous opportunity and value that CCUS delivers across the UK economy and emphasises the need for urgency to enable CCUS to fulfil its role in achieving the lowest-cost route to meeting the UK’s statutory climate change targets.

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