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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28 January 2016

CCSA Alongside Other Key Organisations, Publishes Letter to the Prime Minister

A number of key organisations have published a joint letter to the Prime Minister, setting out their concern regarding the UK Government's decision to withdraw the £1 billion for CCS. The letter emphasises the importance of CCS and calls on the Government to come forward with a clear CCS strategy as a matter of urgency. Signatories to the letter include CCSA, a number of NGOs, the TUC, Local Enterprise Partnerships and other trade associations.

Read the letter here


25 November 2015

Dark Day for CCS as Government Scraps £1bn for the CCS Competition

The Chancellor today announced the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015. In this Spending Review, it has become clear that the £1bn for the CCS competition has been cut.

The CCSA issued a press release in response. View the press release here.


6 November 2015

Shell Launches Quest CCS project

Shell today officially opened the Quest CCS project - the world's first commercial-scale CCS project in the oil sands. The project, located in Alberta (Canada), will capture and store more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year – equal to the emissions from about 250,000 cars.

View the Shell press release here.

The CCSA issued a press release in response. View the press release here.


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