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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6 October 2016

Norwegian Government Moves Forward with CCS Projects

The Norwegian Government has today announced their intention to move forward with the development of three full-scale CCS projects. An agreement was also reached with the Technology Center Mongstad (TCM) to continue for three years its work on testing and improving CO2 capture technologies.

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12 September 2016

Parliamentary Advisory Group on CCS Launches Report

The Parliamentary Advisory Group on CCS has today launched their report "Lowest Cost Decarbonisation for the UK: The Critical Role of CCS". The report is chaired by Lord Oxburgh and sets out a six point plan for delivering CCS.

Download the report here.

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29 June 2016

CCSA Launches Lessons Learned Report

The CCSA has today launched an important new report on “Lessons Learned: Lessons and Evidence Derived from UK CCS Programmes 2008 – 2015”. The report was launched at a joint workshop between the CCSA and the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) and sets out 36 key lessons for industry and policy makers.

Download the report here

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