CCSA welcomes Liberal Democrats CCUS manifesto commitments

[London, 11 June 2024]— On Monday the Liberal Democrats pledged support for Carbon Capture, Utilisation & Storage (CCUS) in their 2024 General Election Manifesto.

As the leading trade association for accelerating the commercial deployment of CCUS across the UK, the CCSA welcomed the Liberal Democrats ambition to support carbon capture and storage, and new low-carbon processes for cement and steel production.

CCUS offers British industry the ability to reduce emissions, as well as protect jobs and create new, high-skilled opportunities across industrial heartlands.

The industry is at a pivotal stage and it is important that the cluster sequencing programme be fully supported and rolled out at scale and speed. This will ensure that the UK does not lose the first mover advantage in establishing a world leading CCUS industry.

Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive of the Carbon Capture & Storage Association said:

“The CCSA is pleased to see that the Liberal Democrats have set out in their 2024 General Election manifesto commitments to reduce emissions from industrial processes by supporting carbon capture and storage, and implementing the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism for high-emissions products.

To meet the UK’s target of 20-30 MT of CO2 captured and stored by 2030, rising to 50-60Mt by 2035, we need to deploy CCUS at scale and the UK has a unique opportunity to lead the world in this technology.

Through the development and deployment of CCUS, we can preserve 77,000 jobs in industries like cement and glass, and create 70,000 new, high-quality jobs in industrial heartlands.

CCUS has a vital part to play in the UK’s net zero transition plans, helping to deliver a sustainable and prosperous future for British industry.”.

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 accelerating the commercial deployment of CCUS, with offices in the UK and Belgium. 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 100 member companies who are active in exploring and developing different applications of carbon capture and removals, CO2 transportation by pipeline and ship, utilisation, geological storage, and other permanent storage solutions, end-users such as power, industry, waste, fuels, and hydrogen production sectors, plus supply chain, engineering, construction and management, legal and financial consulting sectors.

For media enquiries please contact Joe Butler-Trewin on 07908 141 067/ joe.butler-trewin@ccsassocaition.org.