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SSE | Increased CCS can decarbonise GB electricity faster on route to net zero

Posted on: December 7th, 2022 by ccsaEditor

Building more power carbon capture and storage plants (Power CCS) could significantly accelerate the UK’s plans to decarbonise the GB electricity system on route to net zero, according to new analysis commissioned by SSE.

The UK Government’s proposed emissions reductions from electricity for 2035 could be accelerated to 2030 by combining its 50GW offshore wind ambition with a significant step up in deployment of Power CCS. This would require 7-9GW (equivalent to 10-12 plants) of Power CCS compared to the current commitment of at least one Power CCS plant mid-decade, according to experts at LCP Delta.

CCSA Reaches 100 Members

Posted on: December 5th, 2022 by ccsaEditor

5 December 2022, London

The CCSA is delighted to announce its membership has reached 100 companies, as Subsea7 and GaffneyCline become the latest companies to join.

Other companies that have joined the CCSA in the last three months include MVV UK, Ingersoll Rand, MOL Group, SGN, Sumitomo and Petrostrat.

As the leading trade association working to accelerate the commercial deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050, the CCSA has seen rapid growth in membership in the last few years as CCUS has become increasingly prominent as a vital tool in reducing emissions across economies. The Association’s membership has more than doubled in the past two years and new members span a wide variety of sectors and applications including;

Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive of the CCSA said:

“I am thrilled that the CCSA now has over 100 members – the highest we have ever reached since the association was established in 2005. The rapid growth in membership demonstrates how far CCUS has come in the past few years – now widely recognised as an essential component of many national decarbonisation strategies.

The CCSA is the go-to organisation for CCUS and as our membership continues to expand, so does the scale, output and ambition of our London and Brussels teams, who are working harder than ever with our members to deliver the first wave of projects this decade and facilitate the long-term roll-out of CCUS in line with net zero. We look forward to welcoming more members and seeing continued growth of the CCSA over the coming months and years.” 

John Evans, CEO of Subsea7 said:

“Subsea7 is pleased to join the CCSA and contribute to the developing global carbon capture and storage business, which aligns with our vision to deliver the offshore energy transition solutions the world needs. Subsea7 brings significant capability and experience in carbon capture project development and execution, including the pipeline engineering, fabrication and installation for the world’s first open-source CO2 transport and storage infrastructure, the Northern Lights Project, offshore Norway. As a global leader, we recognise the importance of industry collaboration in making the continuous evolution of lower-carbon oil and gas projects possible and creating sustainable value by enabling the growth of renewables and emerging energies.”

Florent Rousset, Managing Director of GaffneyCline said:

GaffneyCline has been increasingly engaged in assessing a wide array of CCUS investment opportunities globally and we are excited about joining the CCSA network. We believe the successful deployment of CCUS at scale is essential to meet the World’s net zero targets and the CCSA membership from across the CO2 value chain has a crucial role to play. We look forward to engaging further with E&P operators, industrial emitters, governments, project developers, the financing communities to deliver technically sound and commercially attractive CCUS projects.”



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CCSA Blog: Looking back at the CCUS 2022 Conference, by Murillo Salvador, CCSA EU Communications and Events Officer

Posted on: November 25th, 2022 by ccsaEditor

When I arrived in London on the week of 17 October, the air was full of tension. The whole country was in a critical state. The negative consequences of both the climate and energy crises converged, and the government was on the brink of collapse. In a strangely positive way, our CCUS 2022 conference could not have been more timely.

Many of these themes – energy, climate, jobs, justice and the transition – were discussed during our conference. There were protesters, too. And it was a pleasure to witness these discussions. The panels, mixing speakers from across the continent, pointed at the clear momentum we now see in Europe for carbon capture and storage, as well as carbon removals. Enabling these discussions was but one aspect of the increasing coordination between CCSA’s Brussels and London offices, reflecting the need for Europe to tackle challenges together.

There were many speakers from the EU at the conference. Take for instance the session on strengthening cooperation for cross-border transport of CO2 (recording here). The panellists explained how policy can build confidence into the value chain, providing legal predictability for investors and generally speeding up deployment across Europe. The need to enable storage capacity was stressed by a European Commission official, with 4.6 million tonnes of CO2 that will need to be stored by key EU-funded projects between 2028-29.

I was delighted to meet so many of our members at the event, even if only briefly as I ran around backstage, fuelled by coffee, doing my small part to ensure that everything went smoothly. It feels particularly good to contribute towards making such a grand (and in-person!) event happen, after the successive lockdowns and pandemic.

This sounds like common sense: Wandering around the coffee breaks, the buffet, and the drinks reception, it was clear to me that bringing people together is extremely important. I hope that all delegates left the venue with their pockets full of business cards, and questions to follow up on and relationships to develop. This is also what the conference was all about.

There will be opportunities to meet and pick up the discussions again next year. A European conference will take place in the Spring and the annual CCUS Conference will also return in the Autumn. Our Brussels office remains open and actively engaged and we warmly welcome you to come and visit us on the 6th floor of Avenue des Arts 44.

Check out this page to read a summary of the CCUS 2022 conference, download the presentations and view photos and videos from both days.

International award win for C-Capture’s unique carbon capture technology

Posted on: November 24th, 2022 by ccsaEditor

CCSA Elects New Board Members

Posted on: November 22nd, 2022 by ccsaEditor

On the 21st November 2022, the CCSA held its AGM 2022. The main item on the agenda was the election of new board members.

The CCSA is delighted to announce the following new board members:

The CCSA is grateful for the service and dedication of all existing and exiting board members who were not re-elected. There was 11 nominees standing for 5 places, and the CCSA is very grateful to all the nominees for their submissions and for taking the time to take part in hustings at the AGM. All board members can be found on the people section on our website.

Ruth Herbert, Olivia Powis and Per-Olof Granstrom spoke about key highlights of the year since April, including income growth and new staff employed in London and Brussels. This has enabled focus on implementation of CCSA’s UK Delivery Plan 2035 actions and launching of our European strategy, with increased EU presence and integration of UK and EU policy work.

Several questions were asked, including when the Energy Security Bill will be reintroduced and when the UK cluster programme will move forward. CCSA had engaged positively with new UK Ministers and was expecting a decision on a funding envelope very soon, noting there may be need for industry to provide further reassurance regarding local content/supply chain.

CCUS 2022: ‘Time to Deliver’ showcases huge appetite for CCUS across Industry and Government

Posted on: October 27th, 2022 by ccsaEditor

27th October 2022, London – Last week the Carbon Capture & Storage Association (CCSA) held its annual two-day conference ‘CCUS 2022: Time to Deliver’. This year’s conference saw leaders of the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry – technology developers, end-users, governments and regulators, research, legal and financial sectors – address over 400 delegates about latest developments in this rapidly evolving sector.

Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive at the CCSA, said: “It was a great pleasure to see so many industry experts, NGOs and policy leaders at our conference, discussing key actions that are needed in the UK, EU and internationally to enable CCUS to play its vital role in tackling climate change and driving economic growth, through transitioning our industrial regions to Net Zero.”

“I would like to thank all our delegates, speakers, and conference sponsors for helping to not only make this event possible but for championing CCUS on a daily basis by moving forward with their plans. Industry leaders are investing millions of pounds of capital to ensure we are on track to decarbonise our economy in line with the Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to 1.5°c.  We now need to see decisive action from the new Prime Minister to maintain the UK’s lead in this area by putting in place the legislation and funding the cluster sequencing programme to make this industry a reality.”

The conference was sponsored by 13 companies from across the CCUS value chain, including platinum sponsors SSE Thermal, GE and Equinor as well as Carbon Clean sponsoring the conference drinks reception. Speakers at the conference included environmental experts such as founder and Chair of the Centre for Climate Recovery at Cambridge and Climate Crisis Action Group, Sir David King; Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission, Lord Adair Turner and Chair of the Government’s Energy Digitalisation Taskforce and member of the CCUS Council, Laura Sandys. Industrial leaders such as Valborg Lundegaard, CEO of Aker Carbon Capture and Paul Marsden, President of Bechtel Energy also addressed delegates – laying out their plans for implementation of CCUS, including investment in the UK.

The conference also heard from Graham Stuart, Minister of State for Climate, who spoke about the important role CCUS has to play in delivering the government’s Net Zero strategy, saying “Deploying CCUS technology is not only an intelligent way of reaching Net Zero, it is vital.”

“By transforming sectors like cement and chemicals, we’ll create low carbon, super place clusters up and down the country and our important heavy industries won’t wither on the vine and die but find new life in a decarbonised world. That’s why deploying CCUS and hydrogen technology at scale formed an important part of the growth plan we announced in September.”



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CCSA comments on CCUS and hydrogen in the Chancellor’s new Growth Plan

Posted on: September 23rd, 2022 by ccsaEditor

23 September 2022, London

Today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer published a new Growth Plan, which includes CCUS and hydrogen in the list of infrastructure projects that will be fast-tracked for construction.

Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive at the CCSA, said:

“We are delighted that the new Chancellor has today in his new Growth Plan reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to CCUS and hydrogen by including the HyNet and East Coast CCUS clusters in the list of infrastructure projects to be accelerated, alongside hydrogen pipelines and storage that are essential for the effective operation of those clusters. 

This is a strong signal to industry that the government intends to accelerate its CCUS Cluster Sequencing Programme and we look forward to seeing the detailed timeline set out and progression of the necessary enabling legislation.”



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CCSA comments on NSTA press release “Carbon storage licensing round attracts 26 bids”

Posted on: September 22nd, 2022 by ccsaEditor

22 September 2022, London

Today, the North Sea Transition Authority published data on the UK’s first-ever carbon storage licensing round. This was launched in June and attracted 26 bids.

The announcement can be found here.

Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive at the CCSA, said:

“The high number of bids for the UK’s first-ever carbon storage licensing round, announced by the NSTA, is a clear indication of the level of interest in the UK’s storage potential.  It also reinforces our message that the CCUS industry stands ready to invest in developing the UK’s carbon dioxide storage assets, based on the policy framework the government set out in the Energy Bill. 

Opening up CO2 storage in the UK offshore space – both North Sea and East Irish Sea – is a vital step towards deploying CCUS clusters across the country and positioning the UK as the go-to place for clean inward investment, delivering new green jobs and significant economic benefits for our industrial heartlands.”


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Government Announces Shortlist of CCUS Phase 2 Projects

Posted on: August 12th, 2022 by ccsaEditor

12th August 2022 The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), the trade body for the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry in the UK, has welcomed the announcement of shortlisted bidders in Phase 2 of the CCUS Cluster Sequencing Process. A crucial step in the delivery of the Government’s Net Zero Strategy. 

The Phase 2 competition is for carbon capture projects that wish to connect to the carbon dioxide transport and storage infrastructure that will be developed through the initial “Track 1 clusters (HyNet North West, East Coast Cluster and Scottish Cluster in reserve).  

Following the submission deadline in January 2022, 41 CCUS and Hydrogen projects from across the UK were considered eligible by BEIS. Of the 41 eligible projects, 20 projects have today been shortlisted for possible support from Government, once it has established that the projects represent a ‘value for money’ investment for the taxpayer. The Government support will be in the form of revenue contracts to cover the cost of operating with carbon capture and storage, as well as potential access to capital support from either the £1bn CCS Infrastructure Fund (CIF) or the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund. The next step for the shortlisted projects is expected to be bilateral negotiations with BEIS to finalise the contracts. 

Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive at the CCSA, said:  

I am delighted to see the government providing certainty to business today by confirming the Phase 2 shortlist. These world-leading projects can now move forward and prepare for the next stage of the process, which we hope will advance swiftly. 

This announcement also sends a very strong signal that Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) and Net Zero remains a priority for the UK Government, particularly since it comes during a change in leadership.  CCUS is critical in achieving Net Zero and positioning the UK as the world’s first at-scale hydrogen economy.  It will transform our industrial regions – driving jobs and growth through inward investment and export opportunities.  

That 41 eligible projects applied to Phase 2 demonstrates the scale of interest in CCUS in the UK.  We look forward to getting further clarity on the timetable for future phases and the selection of further clusters in the Autumn, as well as progress on the Energy Bill – all crucial if we are to meet the government’s ambition of four operational clusters by 2030, remain on track to achieve Net Zero by 2050 and secure our place as a global leader in CCUS technology. 



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CCUS 2022: Time To Deliver conference to take place in London on 18 to 19 October 2022

Posted on: August 4th, 2022 by ccsaEditor

4 August 2022, LondonCCUS 2022: Time to Deliver is a two-day in-person conference taking place on the 18th – 19th October, hosted by the Carbon Capture and Storage Association.

The theme of this year’s event is “Time to Deliver,” emphasizing the dramatic increase in activity in the CCUS sector that is strongly focused on project delivery.

CCUS is now firmly on the agenda as an integral technology to achieve the Paris Agreement goals. This conference will provide delegates with the latest developments in this rapidly evolving sector as well as an overview of the key actions and milestones that are needed in the UK, EU and internationally to realise the enormous benefits of this vital technology. The conference will be attended by over 400 leaders from across CCUS and end-user sectors, government and regulators, research, legal and financial consulting sectors.

Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive at the CCSA, said:

“Now in its fourth year, the CCUS 2022 conference is THE conference for CCUS – showcasing the best of this vital net zero industry, across the UK, EU and around the world.

 The time for CCUS is now and as we look ahead to COP27 in Egypt in November, the CCSA’s flagship conference provides a key opportunity to hear from countries and companies, setting out their CCUS plans and demonstrating their commitment to meeting climate goals.”

Confirmed sponsors for the conference include:

Further information about the conference, discussion topics and registration can be found on the conference website here.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #CCUSTimetoDeliver



Notes to Editors

CCUS, or Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage, is a key low carbon solution – vital to meeting Net Zero emissions by 2050 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’s vision is to see widespread deployment of Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) to achieve net zero ambitions by 2050. The CCSA is the lead European trade association accelerating the commercial deployment of CCUS through advocacy and collaboration. 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, from diverse point sources and directly from air, 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

For enquiries about the conference, please contact the event organisers via email at

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