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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£4.2 million for CCS Research at Grangemouth


The CCSA welcomes today’s joint announcement that the UK and Scottish Government will provide £4.2 million for industrial research and feasibility work for a proposed full-chain 570 MW Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) coal gasification power station located in Grangemouth, Scotland.

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Energy Technologies Institute endorses carbon capture and storage roll out without delay


The CCSA welcomes the findings of the latest report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). The report finds that the UK has the capacity to build a cost competitive carbon capture and storage sector capable of dramatically reducing the costs of meeting UK carbon targets. 

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CCSA response to GCCSI Report: 'Global Status of CCS: 2014'

A global report launched today by the Global CCS Institute (GCCSI) finds there are now 22 projects in construction or operation around the world - a dramatic increase of 50% since 2011. GCCSI finds that not only has CCS experienced its most active construction to date, but that the technology is being deployed across a wide range of industries - from power, to iron and steel. 

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