Policy and Regulation

This page sets out the policy and regulatory framework for CCS in the UK. For information about European policy see CCS in Europe. For information about CCS projects both in the UK and Europe, search the CCS projects map.

Policy

In addition to specific pieces of legislation that regulate CCS activity, the UK has implemented a number of high-level policy decisions to encourage the deployment of CCS.

From 2007-2011 and 2012-2015, the UK Government ran two CCS competitions for support to develop CCS projects in the power sector. Unfortunately in both cases the competitions were cancelled before funding was awarded. The CCSA and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have both published “lessons learned” from the two competitions.

CCUS in the Clean Growth Strategy (2017) and Industrial Strategy (2017)

The Government’s Clean Growth Strategy published in October 2017 set out a new approach to Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) in the UK. Whereas previous approaches had focused on the power sector only, the new approach recognises the potential of CCS to aid decarbonisation across power, industry, and heat, and in the longer term, Negative Emissions Technologies.

The Clean Growth Strategy sets out the Government’s ambition to become a global leader in CCUS, and to have the option of deploying CCUS at scale in the 2030s provided there is sufficient cost reduction. To this end, the following pieces of work will be undertaken in 2018:

  • CCUS Ministerial Council-The CCUS Ministerial Council is chaired by the Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry MP. The Council will meet three times a year, on a semi- permanent basis 
  • CCUS Cost Challenge Task Force-The Cost Challenge Task Force (CCTF) is a temporary body set up to deliver a report to government on cost reduction trajectories for CCUS in the UK. The Task Force is due to report to government by July 2018, and will be overseen by the CCUS Ministerial Council
  • CCUS Deployment Pathway-By the end of 2018, the Government has committed to setting out a new deployment pathway for CCUS in the UK. This will be informed by the work of the CCTF and overseen by the Council
  • Review of investment mechanisms-The Government has committed to reviewing the delivery and investment models for CCUS in the UK in 2018
  • Supporting CCUS industrial decarbonisation clusters in Teesside, Merseyside, South Wales and Grangemouth 
  • £20m Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) competition for industrial sites

Source: UK Clean Growth Strategy

The CCSA sits on both the CCUS Cost Challenge Task Force and the Ministerial Council.

Clean Growth is also a pillar of the 2017 Industrial Strategy. The strategy highlights government support for CCUS, and the potential for the use of low carbon hydrogen.

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