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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May 2019

Committee on Climate Change publishes Net Zero report

On the 2nd May, the Committee on Climate Change published their report "Net Zero: The UK's contribution to stopping global warming". The report emphasises the importance of CCS to achieving net-zero emissions and states that "CCS is a necessity, not an option".

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March 2019

Claire Perry welcomes new CCUS Advisory Group

Claire Perry has today (21st March) welcomed the formation of a new CCUS Advisory Group which will include industry, finance and policy experts to help deliver the Government’s CCUS Action Plan published in November.

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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.

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