7 April 2022, London – The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), the trade body for the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry in the UK, welcomes the British Energy Security Strategy published today. The Strategy reaffirms Government’s commitment to delivering 4 CCUS clusters by 2030 and sets out new commitments to accelerate deployment of low-carbon energy sources – to deliver a decarbonised electricity system by 2030. This includes 10GW of low carbon hydrogen.
Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III report on ‘Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change’ emphasised the vital role that CCUS must play in tackling climate change, highlighting the increased role of both Direct Air Capture and Storage (DACS) and Bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) to compensate for residual greenhouse gas emissions in scenarios that limit global warming to 2°C or 1.5°C.
Olivia Powis, Head of UK Office at the CCSA, said:
“Today’s Energy Strategy emphasises the key role that CCUS and hydrogen will play in delivering a net zero electricity system and Government has responded by doubling their hydrogen target to 10GW. With up to 5GW of this being provided by blue hydrogen, it is clear that CCUS is central to decarbonising the energy sector. As the IPCC concluded in their report this week; if we are to meet Paris Agreement goals and avoid stranded energy assets, CCUS is crucial.
It is therefore critical that the British Energy Security Strategy aligns with the IPCC recommendations and we look forward to working with Government and the Future System Operator in the coming months, to ensure CCUS can fulfil its role in creating a more self-reliant and low-carbon UK energy system.”
Notes to Editors
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.
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