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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SaskPower has unveiled the world's first CCS coal fired power plant operation

The Canadian project will capture a million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. CCSA CEO, Luke Warren, welcomes project as a validation for commercial CCS and calls on government to ensure a steady roll out of CCS projects in the UK.


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SCCS Conference: Wednesday 29th October 2014, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh


A CCS future for Europe: catalysing North Sea Action


This conference will focus on the North Sea region and its unique set of assets as an enabler of CCS for Europe. It will bring together European experts from government, industry and academia to explore the policies and practical opportunities that can help deliver climate clean-up while ensuring Europe's economic resilience. 

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