CCSA Blog: CCUS Delivery Plan 2035 – The time to deliver is now, by Ruth Herbert CCSA CEO


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CCSA Blog: CCUS Delivery Plan 2035 – The time to deliver is now, by Ruth Herbert CCSA CEO

Posted on: March 31st, 2022 by ccsaEditor

With recent record high temperatures at both of the Earth’s poles, it is clear that we cannot afford another moment of delay in combating the climate emergency.

Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) is a crucial tool in addressing this emergency, and I believe we can deliver the scale of CCUS required to meet the UK’s Net Zero pathway, rapidly reducing our emissions and leading in the development of this vital low-carbon technology.

In November 2021, the UK Government published its Net Zero Strategy which set a target for reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions to 78% below 1990 levels by 2035 – in line with the Sixth Carbon Budget. The strategy sets out pathways for the deployment of low-carbon technologies that can deliver the deep cuts in our emissions required over the coming decades.

Carbon Capture has been around for decades and when combined with permanent storage, it can be used to abate emissions at source or remove greenhouse gases directly from the atmosphere. The Net Zero Strategy envisages that the UK will need to store up to 30 million tonnes of CO2 a year by 2030, rising to at least 50 million tonnes a year by 2035 to remain on a pathway consistent with achieving Net Zero by 2050.

The strategy includes a number of envisaged pathways for capture and storage of emissions from power, industrial and hydrogen production plants, as well as for greenhouse gas removals through Bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) and Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DACCS). The Net Zero Strategy also requires the UK power sector to be fully decarbonised by 2035, subject to security of supply, and this will require a proportion of  carbon capture on gas-fired power stations and switching to CCUS-enabled (blue) hydrogen.

Ambition and government strategies are one thing. Delivery is another. Our CCUS Delivery Plan 2035 is the industry’s response to these ambitions. We can and must deliver, and we need to act now to stay on the pathway to meeting the Sixth Carbon Budget.

Only by building all the major projects currently under consideration in CCUS clusters and deploying CO2 shipping and other non-pipeline transport solutions alongside rapid CO2 pipeline network and storage development, can we meet the UK Governments 2035 ambition. Given the long lead in times for this infrastructure, the clear message from industry is that ‘2035’ is essentially ‘now’ in terms of the urgent need to plan the roll-out of CCUS across all regions in the UK.

CCUS is crucial for the competitiveness of the UK. Deploying CCUS in all of our industrial heartlands will provide an opportunity to lead the global green industrial revolution and reduce our reliance on imports with new UK products, such as clean steel, clean cement and clean hydrogen, and attract inward investment through our offer of a clear route to decarbonisation for heavy industries. As one of the first movers on CCUS, there is also a huge opportunity to exploit our world-leading skills and plentiful offshore storage capacity to offer decarbonisation services to Europe.

Providing there is more clarity on greenhouse gas removals and non-pipeline transport, the work on business models looks set to deliver a viable investment framework. What is now required to unlock that investment, and further develop the CCUS project pipeline, is a UK Government commitment to a steady build-out rate through a multi-year programme of contract allocation rounds, similar to the 2013 Electricity Market Reform (EMR) Delivery Plan that enabled the scale up and cost reduction seen in offshore wind over the last decade.

I believe by bringing together the CCUS industry, UK Government and other stakeholders we can make this vision a reality. By implementing the actions set out in the CCUS Delivery Plan 2035 we can play a leading role in combating the climate emergency and give our industrial regions the opportunity to lead the green industrial revolution.

The time to deliver CCUS is now.


For more information, read the full ‘CCUS Delivery Plan 2035, watch the ‘Delivery Plan Animation’ and for further insight be sure to watch an overview discussion of the report from the CCUS APPG chaired by Alex Cunningham MP which is available on demand on our website.




COP26 – Keeping The Momentum Going, by Ruth Herbert CCSA CEO

Posted on: February 15th, 2022 by ccsaEditor

Welcome to the Carbon Capture and Storage Association’s (CCSA) new blog – where we will post stories, reviews and opinions on a variety of current CCUS topics in the UK, Europe and internationally.

I joined as CEO of the CCSA in October 2021, and it has been a busy few months to say the least!  In October 2021, on my second day in post, the UK Government announced the first CCUS projects that will be taken forward under Track1 of the CCUS Cluster Sequencing process, namely the HyNet North West cluster and the East Coast Cluster, with the Scottish Cluster announced as a reserve cluster.

On the same day, the UK Government published the Net Zero Strategy – which set out a new target for CCUS of 20 – 30 Mt carbon dioxide to be captured and stored each year by 2030. This is a three-fold increase of ambition from the Ten Point Plan target of 10 Mt per year, agreed less than a year before. No sooner had we had a chance to digest this news before it was time to travel to Glasgow for COP26. The last COP I attended was COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009, whilst Head of International CCUS at DECC.  Whilst COP15 was a similar event in terms of number of people attending, it could not have been more different with regard to CCUS. At COP15, CCUS did not receive much attention, whereas COP26 saw CCUS rising up the agenda, driven by the need to consider how to achieve Net Zero across the global economy.

In terms of events, the CCSA was involved in seven CCUS side events, including an official UNFCCC broadcast event with our COP26 Partners; IEA GHG, University of Texas at Austin, International CCS Knowledge Centre and Bellona.  This level of exposure was unprecedented, with some 32 CCUS events taking place over the course of the two weeks.

Inside the negotiating rooms where the real action was, progress was made on several key areas –finalisation of the rules for Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, creating the framework for a global carbon market; the Glasgow Climate Pact commitment to phase down unabated coal power; and the pledge to mobilise $500bn by 2025 to help developing countries adapt to climate effects, as well as the commitment to update Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) again by the end of 2022. The agreement on Article 6 rules makes the Paris Agreement fully operative and the wording implies that the global carbon market will be technology neutral, meaning it should be applicable to both CCUS and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies.  As always, the devil will be in the detail, and we will have to wait to see the further recommendations requested by the Parties on Article 6 definitions, to understand how the framework will be applied.

Three months on, I’m keen to see the UK government maintain the positive momentum of COP26 and keep the pressure on countries to consider the important role CCUS and CDR technologies can play in realising Nationally Determined Contributions, creating an environment for these technologies to flourish and therefore get us on track to reach net zero goals and limit global warming to 1.5°C.

For more insights on COP26 be sure to watch our webinar ‘CCUS reflections from COP26 and international CCUS developments’ with fellow panellists Tim Dixon (IEAGHG) and Guloren Turan (GCCSI) available on demand on our website.