CCSA Blog: CCUS Delivery Plan 2035 – The time to deliver is now, by Ruth Herbert CCSA CEO


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CCSA Blog: CCUS Delivery Plan 2035 – The time to deliver is now, by Ruth Herbert CCSA CEO

Posted on: March 31st, 2022 by ccsaEditor

With recent record high temperatures at both of the Earth’s poles, it is clear that we cannot afford another moment of delay in combating the climate emergency.

Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) is a crucial tool in addressing this emergency, and I believe we can deliver the scale of CCUS required to meet the UK’s Net Zero pathway, rapidly reducing our emissions and leading in the development of this vital low-carbon technology.

In November 2021, the UK Government published its Net Zero Strategy which set a target for reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions to 78% below 1990 levels by 2035 – in line with the Sixth Carbon Budget. The strategy sets out pathways for the deployment of low-carbon technologies that can deliver the deep cuts in our emissions required over the coming decades.

Carbon Capture has been around for decades and when combined with permanent storage, it can be used to abate emissions at source or remove greenhouse gases directly from the atmosphere. The Net Zero Strategy envisages that the UK will need to store up to 30 million tonnes of CO2 a year by 2030, rising to at least 50 million tonnes a year by 2035 to remain on a pathway consistent with achieving Net Zero by 2050.

The strategy includes a number of envisaged pathways for capture and storage of emissions from power, industrial and hydrogen production plants, as well as for greenhouse gas removals through Bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) and Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DACCS). The Net Zero Strategy also requires the UK power sector to be fully decarbonised by 2035, subject to security of supply, and this will require a proportion of  carbon capture on gas-fired power stations and switching to CCUS-enabled (blue) hydrogen.

Ambition and government strategies are one thing. Delivery is another. Our CCUS Delivery Plan 2035 is the industry’s response to these ambitions. We can and must deliver, and we need to act now to stay on the pathway to meeting the Sixth Carbon Budget.

Only by building all the major projects currently under consideration in CCUS clusters and deploying CO2 shipping and other non-pipeline transport solutions alongside rapid CO2 pipeline network and storage development, can we meet the UK Governments 2035 ambition. Given the long lead in times for this infrastructure, the clear message from industry is that ‘2035’ is essentially ‘now’ in terms of the urgent need to plan the roll-out of CCUS across all regions in the UK.

CCUS is crucial for the competitiveness of the UK. Deploying CCUS in all of our industrial heartlands will provide an opportunity to lead the global green industrial revolution and reduce our reliance on imports with new UK products, such as clean steel, clean cement and clean hydrogen, and attract inward investment through our offer of a clear route to decarbonisation for heavy industries. As one of the first movers on CCUS, there is also a huge opportunity to exploit our world-leading skills and plentiful offshore storage capacity to offer decarbonisation services to Europe.

Providing there is more clarity on greenhouse gas removals and non-pipeline transport, the work on business models looks set to deliver a viable investment framework. What is now required to unlock that investment, and further develop the CCUS project pipeline, is a UK Government commitment to a steady build-out rate through a multi-year programme of contract allocation rounds, similar to the 2013 Electricity Market Reform (EMR) Delivery Plan that enabled the scale up and cost reduction seen in offshore wind over the last decade.

I believe by bringing together the CCUS industry, UK Government and other stakeholders we can make this vision a reality. By implementing the actions set out in the CCUS Delivery Plan 2035 we can play a leading role in combating the climate emergency and give our industrial regions the opportunity to lead the green industrial revolution.

The time to deliver CCUS is now.


For more information, read the full ‘CCUS Delivery Plan 2035, watch the ‘Delivery Plan Animation’ and for further insight be sure to watch an overview discussion of the report from the CCUS APPG chaired by Alex Cunningham MP which is available on demand on our website.




CCSA calls for increased CCUS roll-out to empower UK’s industrial regions

Posted on: March 25th, 2022 by ccsaEditor

The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), the trade body for the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry in the UK, has today published its “CCUS Delivery Plan 2035”.

Download the CCUS Delivery Plan here:

CCSA CCUS Delivery Plan 2035

The Delivery Plan sets out industry’s recommended pathway to deliver the Government’s Net Zero Strategy ambition of storing 50 Million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2035, alongside ten critical actions that must be prioritised by Government, industry and wider stakeholders in the next 12 months to enable scaling up of the UK industry in line with this ambition.

Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive at the CCSA, said:

“In this report, the UK’s CCUS industry has responded to the government’s Net Zero strategy. We have collected data from a pipeline of carbon capture projects across the UK that together could prevent 70 Million tonnes of emissions every year, if Government commits to further CO2 storage and transport infrastructure development pre-2030.

Our recommended build-out rate would provide a route to decarbonisation for all of our industrial regions and mean that we could rely on our own industries such as clean steel, clean cement and clean hydrogen for the net zero transition. To continue investing in this pipeline, the sector is asking Government to commit to regular contract allocation rounds, with an overarching target and budget, similar to that provided for offshore wind in 2013.  This kind of commitment would send a clear signal to the broader supply chain and the finance community, driving inward investment. Building this new world-leading net zero industry here in the UK will safeguard existing jobs and create new growth opportunities for our industrial regions, increasing our self-reliance.”

Jonathan Briggs, Chair of the CCSA Board said:

“The CCSA’s Delivery Plan sets out a clear pathway to the deployment of a UK-based Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage industry at scale and is essential to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the economy. CCUS in no longer considered an option but a necessity if we’re to achieve our Net Zero ambition by 2050, with the potential to remove up to 70 mtpa of CO2 in the near-term from industry, electricity generation, in producing low-carbon hydrogen and by enabling greenhouse gas removals to offset hard to reach sectors.”

Peter Whitton, Managing Director, Progressive Energy and Vice-Chair of the CCSA Board, said:

“The Government is putting in place a solid policy framework to support delivery of decarbonisation of industrial clusters such as HyNet in the North West and the East Coast Cluster. However, further impetus is urgently required to secure the full benefits, in addition to enabling more clusters across the UK to develop similar CCUS and hydrogen infrastructure. The evidence from the lead clusters proves that existing industry will invest, if policy allows. The result will be a significant economic stimulus and we therefore strongly support the CCSA’s Delivery Plan.”



Notes to Editors

The CCSA’s “CCUS Delivery Plan 2035” is published on the 25th March and is available to download below.

CCUS, or Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage, is a key low carbon solution – vital to meeting the UK’s statutory Net Zero target at least cost. CCUS enables the production of clean power, clean products (such as steel and cement) and clean hydrogen – which can then be used to decarbonise heating and transport. In addition, CCUS also enables greenhouse gas removal from the atmosphere through Direct Air Capture with Storage (DACS) or Bioenergy with CCS (BECCS).

The CCSA is the trade association promoting the commercial deployment of CCUS. We work with members, governments and other organisations to ensure CCUS is developed and deployed at the pace and scale necessary to meet net zero goals and deliver sustainable growth across regions and nations.

The CCSA currently has over 80 member companies who are active in exploring and developing different applications of carbon capture, CO2 transportation by pipeline and ship, utilisation, geological storage, and other permanent storage solutions, as well as members from management, legal and financial consulting sectors.

For media enquiries please contact Judith Shapiro on 07719763133 or email

To find out more about the Carbon Capture Storage Association (CCSA) please visit the CCSA website at


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Posted on: March 25th, 2022 by ccsaEditor

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Posted on: March 1st, 2022 by ccsaEditor

New Report Recommends Urgent Action to Develop the UK’s CCUS Supply Chain

Posted on: March 1st, 2022 by ccsaEditor

A new report has today been published by the Nuclear AMRC part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, on behalf of the Supply Chain Woking Group of the CCUS Council.

The report “CCUS supply chain intervention strategy,” is the first key output from the CCUS Council Supply Chain Working Group, Chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt. Today’s report concludes that there is a significant opportunity to increase UK manufactured content in the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage sector, contributing to economic growth and creating export opportunities – whilst at the same time helping to achieve the UK’s transition to net zero. It draws on existing market research and adds new analysis on the UK manufacturing supply chain’s capability and readiness to support this rapidly growing market.

With targeted development, UK manufacturers can supply all parts of a carbon capture plant. However, the UK needs to act quickly to establish its capability, competence and capacity in domestic projects if we are to drive down costs and compete in the much larger global market. To ensure the CCUS supply chain is ready to support CCUS deployment to meet Government targets for 2035 and beyond, the report recommends the establishment of a Fit For CCUS (F4CCUS) programme, which would “strategically develop existing manufacturing businesses to match to CCUS sector requirements”.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Hands said:

“I welcome this report which outlines the opportunities presented by CCUS technologies for supply chain companies, creating economic growth and export potential, while helping achieve the UK’s commitment to net zero.”

Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of the CCUS Council Supply Chain Working Group and Chair of MakeUK, said:

“This report clearly shows the scale of opportunity for UK manufacturing in the supply chain for CCUS but if we are to make the most of it we must act quickly to raise awareness and build capability and capacity. We need clear signals from Government to create confidence and this can be done by backing the proposal to establish a Fit 4 CCUS programme. We need to turn this great potential into a reality creating jobs and driving towards our Net Zero goals”

James Smith CBE, Co-chair of the CCUS Council, said:

“We need an ambitious vision for a low carbon industrial revolution, creating tens of thousands of skilled, satisfying and well-paid jobs throughout the UK. Time is of the essence to grasp this unique chance to be world leaders in crucial low carbon technologies.”

Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive of the CCSA, said:

“We are entering a critical period for CCUS deployment and the recommendations in today’s report build on the CCSA’s report “Supply Chain Excellence for CCUS”, setting out further details on how the UK can maximise the significant economic opportunities that a strong CCUS industry represents. The UK has unique advantages, skills and expertise – in both CCUS and hydrogen – and as the first CCUS clusters move ahead, there is not a moment to lose if the UK supply chain is to capture its share of this vital net zero industry”.

Andrew Storer, Chief Executive of the Nuclear AMRC, said:

“We are delighted to have been asked to lead this piece of work on behalf of the CCUS Council. If we are to exploit domestic and international opportunities, we must act now to ensure the UK supply chain is fit and ready to deliver for the national developments. We really hope the results can inspire a coherent overall approach to CCUS supply chain initiatives, ensuring the UK delivers CCUS to help achieve Net Zero and provide significant economic impact in key regions in the UK. Therefore, we recommend launching the F4CCUS programme to enable the UK supply chain to seize the opportunity”,

The report can be downloaded below.