Secretary of State Highlights Importance of CCUS at CCUS 2021 Conference

13th October 2021, London – Speaking once again at the CCUS 2021 annual conference, the Secretary of State Kwasi Kwarteng gave a keynote speech to the Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage industry, emphasising the vital role that Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) will play in delivering the UK’s net zero target.

The CCUS industry is just days away from the Government announcing which clusters will be the first to move towards deployment in the UK. CCUS is essential if we are to decarbonise our industries, achieve net zero and deliver jobs and economic growth in our industrial heartlands – making a significant contribution to levelling up. The UK has the skills, assets and opportunity to lead the world in the CCUS space.

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:

“Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage will be an essential part of our toolkit as we seek to attract new private capital into the UK to decarbonise our economy.

“It was fantastic to speak at the Carbon Capture Storage Association conference to highlight the opportunity available to the UK to gain a competitive advantage in developing home-grown, green technologies, such as CCUS, as we look to build back better for a cleaner future.”

Olivia Powis, Head of UK Office at the CCSA, said:

“This year’s CCSA conference brings together the industry just before the Government announce the UK’s first successful CCUS projects that will start capturing and storing carbon dioxide in the mid 2020s.

We are delighted that the Secretary of State continues his strong support for CCUS in what is undoubtedly the most exciting period for this crucial technology, as the industry comes to fruition”.

Jonathan Briggs, Chair of the CCSA, said:

“The profile and attendance at this week’s CCUS 2021 conference is testament to how far CCUS has climbed up the agenda over the past few years. CCUS is now recognised as an absolutely critical part of the net zero transition – reaching into sectors such as industry, hydrogen, power, utilisation and greenhouse gas removal”.

During day 1 of the CCUS 2021 conference (12th October), the CCSA also launched a new CCUS animation, to increase public awareness and understanding and highlight the value of CCUS in delivering net zero across the economy.



The CCSA launched its new CCUS animation on the 12th October. The animation can be found here.

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

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 unlocks a key method of greenhouse gas removal, through sustainable bioenergy and CCS (BECCS) and Direct Air Capture (DAC).

The UK is fortunate to have advanced CCUS project proposals in all of the major industrial regions; including Humber, Teesside, Merseyside, Scotland and South Wales. These projects demonstrate the breadth of applications and industries for which CCUS provides a vital net zero solution.

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