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

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.

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To find out more about the Carbon Capture Storage Association (CCSA) please visit the CCSA website at http://www.ccsassociation.org/.


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