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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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 255, 17 April 2014)

UK news

  • UK carbon capture scheme wins €300m from EU
  • Cameron says CCS can make shale gas ‘greener’
  • Geologists blast UN concerns over safety of carbon capture and storage
  • Coal gasification: The clean energy of the future?
  • World must end 'dirty' fuel use - UN
  • Dispute over UK Coal’s Kellingley mine closure heats up as TUC wades in

International News

  • Countries in Asia, particularly China, show interest in developing carbon technologies
  • April infringement package
  • EIB invests in low carbon energy projects
  • Bio-energy to reduce emissions
  • Husky Energy to build pilot project to scrub carbon emissions
  • Global CCS infrastructure market: Investments to reach $2.4 billion by 2020
  • Fossil fuel use to continue but carbon capture necessary
  • Hunt sees years of coal, says carbon will be captured
  • Province ‘confident’ in financial stake in refinery project
  • CO2 Solutions : oil sands project moves to pilot stage
  • Minerals Council launches 'Australians for coal' website
  • Germany’s power market: could coal reliance reign in this renewable powerhouse?
  • Shell publishes 2013 Sustainability Report and payments to governments data
  • Chamber hears about SaskPower projects
  • CO2 Solutions Successfully Completes Second Oil Sands Project Milestones
  • Clean Coal: Carbon capture pilot kicks off at Polk IGCC plant in Tampa
  • TCM reports carbon capture R&D is thriving

Weekly News

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