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The Carbon Capture and Storage Association Spring Budget Submission for Paving the Way to a Sustainable Future 

Posted on: February 14th, 2024 by ccsaEditor

[London, 14 February 2024] – The critical steps the UK Government needs to take to secure a thriving carbon capture industry and thousands of high skilled jobs have been set out today by the Carbon Capture & Storage Association (CCSA) as it published its 2024 Spring Budget submission.  

The submission sets out proposals and recommendations for how Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage (CCUS) can be harnessed to decarbonise key UK industries, protecting existing jobs in industrial regions and creating new ones. 

Projections suggest that UK CCUS has the opportunity to attract private sector investment of up to £30 billion by 2030, as a result of its healthy development pipeline and mature legislative framework. This aligns with government targets of capturing 20-30 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030, doubling to 50 million tonnes by 2035. 

Investment in CCUS is expected to generate 70,000 new skilled jobs and protect 77,000 existing jobs, particularly in industries like cement and chemicals where carbon dioxide is released during production processes, regardless of the heat source used. Furthermore, CCUS deployment will position the UK to attract significant private investment, drive job creation, and ensure supply chain and energy security.  

But the submission warns timely delivery of government commitments and clarity on future funding are essential to build investor confidence, unlock this level of investment and secure the full supply chain benefits of UK CCUS.   It asks the Chancellor to establish annual revenue support matched to government targets, estimated at £2-3 billion annually from 2028 onwards (including the £1 billion a year already committed in Spring Budget 2022), to underwrite deployment levels until CCUS becomes self-sufficient in the 2030s.   

CCSA analysis suggests government support will fall away sharply by the mid-2030s as volumes of carbon captured surge towards 50-60 million tonnes a year. The level of the proposed revenue support is significantly less than that provided to cultivate a wind industry in the 2011 Levy Control Framework.  Failure to act swiftly risks hindering industry growth and additional costs for achieving the UK’s targets. 

The CCSA urges the government to allocate swiftly the current £1bn a year already assigned to its CCUS Programme – funds that were announced almost a year ago but where Final Investment Decisions have still not yet been taken.  These pending decisions on eight projects represent around one third of the UK’s 2030 target for CO2 storage.  With lead-in times of 6-7 years for CO2 storage sites and 3-4 years for capture projects, time is running out to meet 2030 targets and therefore it is important that the Chancellor takes this opportunity to provide confidence to project developers to continue with their UK projects in a rapidly accelerating global market competing for private capital. 

Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive said: 

“The proposals and recommendations set out in the CCSA’s Spring Budget Submission reflect a significant opportunity for the UK, not only to meet decarbonisation targets but to retain our supply chain industries and attract new businesses to the UK to take advantage of this infrastructure. As deployment begins to ramp up around the world, UK can play a leading role in the rapidly growing global CCUS market. Significant progress has been made by the government in 2023, however increased pace and forward visibility are paramount for investor and supply chain confidence. We look forward to continued collaboration as we stand on the cusp of developing a thriving and resilient CCUS sector here in the UK.” 

Read the CCSA Spring Budget Submission 2024 here.

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.  

Further background and guidance on the UK Government’s Cluster Sequencing Programme can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1043088/ccus-cluster-sequencing-phase-2-guidance.pdf   

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

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CCSA welcomes the publication of the EU Industrial Carbon Management Strategy

Posted on: February 6th, 2024 by ccsaEditor

Today, the European Commission published its ground-breaking Industrial Carbon Management Strategy, marking a pivotal moment in the EU’s plans to fight climate change.

The Industrial Carbon Management (ICM) Strategy, unveiled by the European Commission, positions Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) technologies as central to the European Union’s climate policy.

This strategic move underscores the critical role of CCUS in achieving the ambitious goal of Net-Zero emissions by 2050.

Speaking on the significance of the ICM Strategy, Joop Hazenberg, EU Director of the CCSA, expressed, “The Industrial Carbon Management Strategy is an important leap forward towards establishing CCUS in Europe. We applaud the European Commission for championing CCUS and fostering an environment conducive to increased investments in European projects, which the strategy acknowledges are critical to achieving EU CO2 reduction targets and securing the future of European industries.”

Key Highlights:

This strategic framework sets a clear path for the deployment and scaling of CCUS technologies, ensuring Europe’s transition to a sustainable and Net-Zero future.

 

For media enquiries, please contact:

Stefano Miriello  – stefano.miriello@ccsassociation.org

Andres Vilan  –  andres.vilan@ccsassociation.org

Carbon Capture and Storage Association & Zero Emissions Platform Publish Joint Report on CO2 Transport by Ship in Europe

Posted on: January 9th, 2024 by ccsaEditor

Today, the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) and the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP) released a joint report, “Achieving a European market for CO2 transport by ship.” This report looks into the emerging market for CO2 transport by ship, an integral part of deploying the full CCS value chain across Europe and critical for industrial decarbonisation. With a steady stream of new CCS projects, it is essential to outline the scope of the CO2 shipping market and create the right conditions for its deployment.

The report aims to provide policymakers with clear policy and technical recommendations, focusing on:

The findings and recommendations in this report are the result of the collaborative efforts of the CO2 transport by ship Working Group, convened by ZEP and the CCSA.

Read the report here.

Download the report infographic here.

About Zero Emissions Platform: The Zero Emissions Platform is a collaborative initiative driving the development of CCS technologies and advocating for their implementation to achieve a zero-emission future. Visit the Zero Emissions Platform Website here.

 

UK CCUS Industry Reaction to Government’s CCUS Vision & Cluster Sequencing Announcements

Posted on: December 20th, 2023 by ccsaEditor

20th December 2023, London

Today the Department of Energy Security & Net Zero published its CCUS Vision and updates on the cluster sequencing process, to “set out plans for a new competitive UK carbon capture, usage and storage market by 2035 – delivering new jobs and supporting net zero.”

Key updates in the announcement were:

– Invitation for expressions of interest for Track-1 cluster expansion in the Hynet cluster

– Agreed commercial terms with the Northern Endurance Partnership

– A streamlined process for Track-2 cluster anchor projects to deploy from 2028-2029

– Competitive allocation process for carbon capture projects from 2027

– Plans to enable CO2 transport by ship, road and rail and support longer term cross border CO2 transport

– Details on the proposed commercial frameworks and alignment of the GGR and Power BECCS Business Models, alongside indicative Heads of Terms

– An industry led working group to look into further reduction of capture costs will be established

The Government’s CCUS Vision references the work of the industry, led by the Carbon Capture & Storage Association, in its Delivery Plan 2035 and accelerating deployment proposals put forward to the CCUS Council. Voices from across the UK CCUS industry have commented on the announcements, praising this crucial step forward and urging for continued momentum to deliver the aims of the Vision.

Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive, CCSA said:

“We welcome the government’s CCUS Vision published today, setting out a long-term strategy for the UK’s CCUS industry to be able to store over 50Mt a year by 2035 to support the decarbonisation of domestic industries and take advantage of export opportunities.

“It is great to see CO2 transport by ship, road and rail will be enabled from 2025 onwards, as well as cross-border CO2 transport. which will also support longer-term cross-border CO2 transport solutions.”

“The CCSA Delivery Plan detailed a development pipeline of over 90 carbon capture projects. Those project leaders will welcome the commitment to allocation rounds from 2027, provided they are of sufficient frequency and volume to unlock continued investment. We look forward to building on this pipeline through the proposed industry working group.”

“Investors need to see accelerated progress on the first four CCUS clusters. Today’s other announcement, inviting expressions of interest for Track-1 cluster expansion in the HyNet cluster is very welcome, along with the government’s agreement of Heads of Terms with the East Coast Cluster (ECC). It is also good to see a more streamlined process for selecting Track-2 cluster capture projects. Projects on the East Coast will need more clarity on the timescales going forward for both Tracks if we are to meet the UK’s 2030 target to reach 20-30Mtpa by 2030.”

David Parkin, Director, Progressive Energy said:

“We very much welcome Government’s announcement on HyNet Track 1 expansion, which will provide further opportunity for industrial decarbonisation in the NW region, while optimising value for money for the taxpayer by maximising use of the HyNet assets.”

“More broadly, the CCUS Vision document help sets a roadmap for longer term expansion of carbon storage, which will enable a much broader range of industries across the region decarbonise and open up storage opportunities across the Irish Sea. This will enable vital industries, such as the cement and lime sector in the Peak District, to decarbonise through CCS in the medium term.”

Luciano Vasques, Managing Director, ENI UK said:

“We see strong demand from businesses across the UK for CCS so today’s announcement is a welcome step forward. We look forward to providing transportation and storage at HyNet for a wider range of companies in North West England and North Wales, helping them to reduce CO2 emissions, protect local jobs and boosting industrial competitiveness for the region.”

Chris Daykin, General Manager, Northern Endurance Partnership said:

“Today’s announcements mark another positive milestone in the development of the East Coast Cluster and the UK CCUS industry.”

“Agreeing the key commercial principles through the Heads of Terms is a crucial step in the decarbonisation of the North East region and delivering jobs. We look forward to the expansion process launching from 2024 and agree that the selection of projects by HMG should be matched to the available transportation and storage capacity, so that projects and stores are developed at the same pace and equivalent level of maturity”.

“We thank the UK Government for their continued support as we work to complete the final agreements in the coming months, enabling NEP to take Final Investment Decision in September 2024”.

Louise Kingham, UK Head of Country and senior Vice President of Europe, bp said:

“We welcome the announcement of the UK government’s CCUS Vision, which sets out a bold plan for making the UK a global leader in carbon capture, utilisation and storage, as well as the positive steps forwards announced for both Track 1 and Track 2 CCUS clusters. CCUS has an important role to play in helping the UK deliver on its net zero targets and bp is committed to continuing to make progress on its projects, and helping to ensure this vital industry can deliver on its significant potential.”

Graeme Davies, Project Director, Viking CCS said:

“Today’s announcement on the progress towards Track 2 capture project selection marks another significant step forward for the Viking CCS project, and the development of the UK’s carbon capture and storage industry, which is critical to delivering the energy transition.”

“We look forward to continuing with this positive momentum towards bringing greater clarity on investment across the CCS value chain in Track 2, for both the anchor projects and the Viking CCS network.”

Jonathan Briggs, Director of Development & Delivery, VPI said:

“We welcome this news that the government plans to move forward at pace with a track 2 CCUS deployment process next year. As one of the principal participants of the governments Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge program run by UK Research Innovation, VPI’s Humber Zero project has completed its early engineering and FEED program and is ready to move forward into construction as an anchor project to the Viking CCS cluster next year.”

“We are delighted to support the CCUS vision, we are looking forward to working with all parties through 2024 developing the industry to a sustainable and accelerated level of capture in the future. At MNZ we are focussed on developing a safe, low cost and scalable CO2 storage solution to exceed the 2035 targets and beyond. The target of an additional 6MPTa per year from 2031 is achievable and aligned to the MNZ and Peak Cluster solution which we are excited to bring to the UK’s CCUS industry.”

Simon Holt, Manager, Emerging Energy Europe, Phillips 66 said:

“We welcome the UK Government’s announcement on the Track 2 process for carbon capture and storage (CCS).”

“This is a positive step forward and we look forward to continuing our work with Viking CCS and the UK Government on delivering CCS for the Humber region. This will support us to reduce our operational emissions as we deliver vital products for the EV supply chain and lower carbon transport fuels.”

“We believe energy security is crucial for the UK to continue to grow and flourish and CCS will play a vital role in this.

Ben Burggraaf, CEO, Net Zero Industry Wales said:

“Net Zero Industry Wales has welcomed the UK Government’s announcement that Non-Pipeline-Transport (NPT) solutions, e.g. the shipping of CO2, projects will be eligible for selection as capture projects from 2025 onwards and intent to provide clarity on the timeframe for the deployment as soon possible, to allow projects to progress”.

“Deploying NPT solutions, to ship the captured CO2 in South Wales to a permanent store at the East Coast of England & Scotland, is pivotal to kickstarting the delivery of the South Wales Industrial Cluster Plan and delivering a net economic impact of £7.9 billion over 20 years”.

A spokesperson for Acorn said:

“We welcome the publication of the UK Government’s Vision to establish a competitive carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) market.

“In particular we appreciate that DESNZ is continuing to take a pragmatic approach to drive Track 2 forwards, and we look forward to continuing to engage constructively with the DESNZ team and the emitters who will connect to Acorn over the coming months.

“We look forward to working with Government to create and future-proof jobs, attract inward investment, develop green-tech industries, and crucially, help decarbonise Scotland and the UK.

“The CCUS Vision sets a clear direction – we now need to see pace and momentum on delivery.”

Catherine Raw, Managing Director of SSE Thermal said:

“It’s positive to see the publication of the UK Government’s CCUS Vision. This sets out a long-term strategy for creating a CCUS market which will be fundamental for delivering a reliable, decarbonised power sector, and providing security of energy supply in the transition to net zero. It is particularly welcome to see Government recognise the need for multiple additional power CCUS projects by 2030.

“The UK Government’s decision to progress Track 2 clusters in early 2024 should see the Scottish Cluster progress, providing opportunities for Peterhead Carbon Capture Power Station to access CO2 transport and storage infrastructure by 2028-29, and enabling the delivery of Scotland’s decarbonisation targets. The reality is that the UK will need around ten new power stations like Peterhead Carbon Capture to successfully decarbonise, alongside other technologies like hydrogen, by 2030.

“As the UK’s most carbon-intensive cluster and one of the UK’s industrial heartlands, the Humber remains a key strategic location for decarbonisation. It’s important that UK Government provides further detail on the approach to delivering much needed CCS infrastructure to this region beyond the initial projects already identified. This will enable projects like Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station, and our newly formed hydrogen production joint venture with Kellas Midstream, H2NorthEast, to continue to develop at the pace required. We look forward to further updates early next year.”

Neil McCulloch, CEO, Spirit Energy said:

“We are delighted to support the CCUS vision, we are looking forward to working with all parties through 2024 developing the industry to a sustainable and accelerated level of capture in the future. At MNZ we are focussed on developing a safe, low cost and scalable CO2 storage solution to exceed the 2035 targets and beyond. The target of an additional 6MPTa per year from 2031 is achievable and aligned to the MNZ and Peak Cluster solution which we are excited to bring to the UK’s CCUS industry”.

Tom Glover, UK Chair, RWE said:

“RWE welcomes the launch of the Government CCUS Vision. We’re pleased to receive further clarity on the Track One expansion, and an update on Track Two of the Government’s Cluster Sequencing Process. These announcements mark a milestone in the development of the UK’s Carbon Capture economy and provide important clarity for companies that are advancing pioneering carbon capture projects.

As a key partner in the decarbonisation of the UK’s energy networks, RWE is actively developing projects to retrofit carbon capture technology at its existing combined cycle gas-fired power stations at Pembroke and Staythorpe. In addition, we are developing a new combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) generating plant with carbon capture at Stallingborough, located close to the Humber Estuary.

These projects are key to the energy transition, and could deliver over 4.7GW of decarbonised, flexible and reliable generation, with captured CO2 being safely transported by either pipeline, in the case of Staythorpe and Stallingborough, or by shipping from Pembroke, to one of the UK storage networks. We are a key partner in the Viking CCS project and will continue our engagement with them as we progress Staythorpe and Stallingborough as key expansion projects for that network.

We welcome the requirement for ‘Track-2’ stores to demonstrate the potential to receive and store CO2 delivered via shipping. South Wales is home to a significant industrial base of national importance, including our Pembroke CCUS project. The capability to access CO2 storage via shipping will be critical to decarbonising the South Wales economy and strengthening employment prospects in the region.

We look forward to further engagement with government on the Track 2 stores to ensure that CO2 from Pembroke can be included in the proposed 2025 competition round.”

Tom White, CEO, C-Capture said:

“We welcome the improved clarity for carbon capture projects. This will enable new technology to be deployed and enter the supply chain, creating new sources of value for the UK economy”.

Simon Hicks, CEO, Evero Energy Group said:

“This is great news for Evero, the North West and the UK’s transition to net zero. Evero has multiple projects across the North West of England that are eligible for this round of government support. Our pathfinder InBECCS project would generate as much as 250,000 tonnes of engineered carbon removals a year, once operational in 2029.”

“Fitting CCUS across our wider portfolio would enable us to capture a million tons of carbon a year – making a material contribution towards the Government’s Greenhouse Gas Removals targets.”

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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 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 100 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.

For media enquiries, please contact, joe.butler-trewin@ccsassociation.org press@ccsassociation.org or Joe Butler-Trewin on 07908141067

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

CCUS Supply Chain Reporting Process – Letter of Support

Posted on: December 19th, 2023 by ccsaEditor

Letter of Support signed by Lord Hutton (Chair, CCUS Council Supply Chain Working Group), James Smith (Co-Chair, CCUS Council) and Ruth Herbert (CEO, The Carbon Capture and Storage Association).

To the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage Industry,

The Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry set out its own strategy to build a domestic supply chain with the publication of the Supply Chain Good Practice Guidance1 earlier this year. This Guidance is aimed at supporting developers and contractors to build local supply chains by improving supply chain planning and engagement at an early stage and throughout the procurement process. Voluntary industry reporting will support the deployment of the first Track-1 CCUS Clusters as well as shape the direction of subsequent CCUS Clusters.

Read the full Letter of Support here:

CCUS Supply Chain Reporting Process – Letter of Support

Markets and Mandates – How best to drive pace in CCS deployment?

Posted on: November 28th, 2023 by ccsaEditor

Markets and Mandates: How best to drive pace in CCS deployment?

A new briefing paper: Briefing Note. Markets and Mandates – How best to drive pace in CCS deployment out today from the CCSA, Oxford Net Zero and the Carbon Balance Initiative kicks off work to explore the role of markets and mandates in driving CCS in order to reach net zero by 2050.  The briefing has been developed based on existing positions in the spirit of posing questions and prompting discussion and feedback.  This paper is deliberately designed to not reach any conclusive positions at this stage.

Focusing particularly on policy options for scaling up CO2 storage, the paper sets out three key types of policy mechanism and drills into one potential option: a carbon takeback / storage obligation.

This briefing paper will form the basis of a roundtable that the three parties are holding during COP 28 in Dubai, to explore the issues and considerations around market and mandate measures, in order to identify the key questions and suggest a scope for later economic modelling work that we hope will be taken forward as part of the wider industry workplan, following the publication of the CCUS Vision work anticipated next month.

If you are interested in finding out more about the CCSA’s work on markets and mandates, please contact Rebecca Bell (Rebecca.bell@ccsassociation.org).

Ed Miliband MP Addresses CCUS Industry as CCSA Elects Tom Glover as New Chair

Posted on: November 24th, 2023 by ccsaEditor

The CCSA is delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Glover, UK Country Chair for RWE, as new Chair to its Board of Directors, alongside seven new Directors. With 15 nominees from across the membership vying for seven board positions, the CCSA extended its appreciation to all candidates for their outstanding applications. For more details on the Association’s board members, please visit the ‘People’ section on the CCSA website. 

Ed Miliband MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, welcomed as guest speaker at the CCSA’s Annual General Meeting, delivered an impactful speech on the potential for carbon capture and storage, emphasising that CCUS is a fundamental part of the UK’s journey to net zero and reiterated Labour’s commitment to the development of the CCUS industry. 

Tom Glover, new elected Chair of the CCSA, said,  

It is a huge privilege to have been elected as Chair of the CCSA at such a pivotal time for the industry’s advancement.  I am eager to leverage my knowledge and experience as the Country Chair for RWE to lead the CCSA Board, alongside other exceptional directors from across the industry.” 

“The CCSA stands as a leading champion for the CCUS Industry, and I am enthusiastic about guiding the Association through the next phase of development to decarbonise our energy sources and industrial regions and deliver net zero across the UK and Europe. While we have made significant progress in recent years, there is still much work ahead, and I’m excited about leading the industry to deliver this.”   

Jonathan Briggs, the departing Chair of the CCSA, said,  

“I am honoured to have had the opportunity to serve as the Chair of the CCSA and work alongside dedicated professionals from across industry and contribute to the significant milestones achieved by the Association. The progress made in advancing CCUS initiatives, both nationally and internationally, is a testament to the collaborative efforts of the CCSA and its members.” 

“I extend my congratulations to Tom Glover, the newly elected Chair, and the incoming members of the Board of Directors. I am confident that their leadership and expertise will guide the CCSA to even greater success in the future.” 

Ruth Herbert, CEO of the CCSA, said, 

“I am immensely proud to reflect on the achievements of the CCSA over the past year, and I extend my congratulations to the newly appointed chair Tom Glover and new members of our Board of Directors and thank our outgoing Chair, Jonathan Briggs for all his hard work and dedication in driving the industry forwards.” 

“This year has seen extraordinary milestones for the CCUS industry. As we welcome the new members to the Board and our new CCSA Chair, I am confident that their collective expertise will ensure the delivery of our continued success. Together, we remain steadfast in our commitment to accelerating the deployment of CCUS to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.” 

 

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Notes to Editors  

Newly-elected CCSA Directors: 

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 Carbon Capture Storage Association (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 116 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. 

For media enquiries, please contact joe.butler-trewin@ccsassociation.org     

To find out more about the CCSA, please visit the CCSA website at http://www.ccsassociation.org/     

Tom Glover, new elected Chair of the CCSA: 

Carbon Capture and Storage Association welcomes Royal Assent for the Energy Bill

Posted on: October 26th, 2023 by ccsaEditor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [26 October 2023] 

The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) welcomes the Royal Assent of the Energy Bill today, the first major legislation enabling net zero technologies such as carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) for over a decade.  

The new Energy Act aligns UK legislation with global sustainability goals by leveraging investments in clean technologies, reforming the energy system to protect consumers, and enhancing safety and resilience. The CCSA strongly supported the legislation as it is critical to the race towards net zero.  

Following a campaign to amend the Bill by the CCSA on behalf of the industry, Ofgem now has a duty to prioritise the UK’s net zero target. This is a significant step towards giving the regulator the right powers to balance the needs of current and future transportation of CO2, which is necessary to achieve the government’s goal to capture and store 20-30 million tonnes of CO2 annually by 2030.  

Olivia Powis, UK Director at the CCSA said: 

The CCSA welcomes Royal Assent for the Energy Bill, which provides the enabling legislation for CCUS business models, and builds on significant progress for the technology this year. 

To fully capitalise on this opportunity, we encourage the Government to commit to timely cluster delivery, a transparent deployment plan to 2035, streamlined permitting processes, a robust supply chain and enhanced public support. 

Measures in the new Energy Act will enable us to unlock the full potential of CCUS and further advance our nation toward a cleaner, more sustainable future, helping to ensure the UK’s Green Economy has the opportunity to lead the next Industrial Revolution.”

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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 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 116 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.   

For media enquiries, please contact public.affairs@ccsassociation.org  or Joe Butler-Trewin at joe.butler-trewin@ccsassociation.org / 07908141067 

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

DESNZ Secretary of State Claire Coutinho confirms commitment to Carbon Capture and Storage Cluster and announces significant milestone with HyNet NW Cluster at industry annual conference

Posted on: October 17th, 2023 by ccsaEditor

This week, the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) holds its annual conference,  “CCUS 2023 Springboard to Net Zero,” on the 17th and 18th of October in Westminster. Notable speakers included former Government Chief Scientist Sir David King and its key note The Rt Hon Claire Coutinho MP, the newly appointed Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, who announced the Governments plan to publish its vision for the CCUS sector later in the year

CCUS 2023 features 23 sessions, including CCUS’s role in Europe’s decarbonisation journey and accelerating CCUS deployment in the UK, as well as four roundtables gathering global investors and experts on skills and supply chain. The conference is emphasising the critical significance of CCUS in achieving net-zero emissions and provided a platform for in-depth discussions and knowledge sharing among industry leaders, policymakers, and innovators.

The industry also reaffirmed its commitment to the recently published CCUS Delivery Plan Update 2023, with the launch of the Carbon Capture Project Pipeline online map. This provides the underlying data for the Delivery Plan which outlines vital initiatives and milestones for achieving net-zero emissions. It suggests that accelerating the deployment of carbon capture and storage in the UK could secure around £40 billion of inward investment by 2030 and the number of projects in the UK looking to use carbon capture has increased by 28% since last year. But one third of these projects are at risk of relocating overseas if they cannot connect to carbon capture and storage infrastructure in the UK. The Delivery Plan encourages collaboration and innovation is required in the global shift toward a low-carbon future.

The Rt Hon Claire Coutinho MP said:  

“The Prime Minister has made it abundantly clear in recent weeks, that we need pragmatic answers to the carbon challenge and there’s no better example of this than CCUS. Carbon capture and storage is pragmatism in action. What’s more common sense than taking advantage of our own geography to address one of the greatest threats facing humanity?

That’s why we remain fully committed to an unprecedented £20 billion for early deployment of the technology, among the biggest funding commitments in Europe, the first 8 projects of the ‘first-of-a-kind capture networks’ we’ll be taking forward in the North East, North West and Wales and the next two carbon capture clusters in North East Scotland and Humber.”

She concluded her speech saying, “Without a doubt, carbon capture and storage stands among the most exciting and effective ways in which Britain can lead in tackling climate change and ultimately, the people in this room have the capacity to make it happen. So let’s make it happen together.”

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

“Momentum is building in the UK’s CCUS industry and it is great to see the Secretary of State’s commitment to driving forward the industry. Our showcase 2023 annual conference, in its fifth year, had record attendees and globally significant speakers all united in advancing carbon capture, utilisation, and storage deployment.

But our Delivery Plan makes it clear that further Government policy certainty, and faster progress on decisions over the next 12 months is key to unlocking the tens of billions of pounds of planned CCUS investments in the UK, which could create  70,000 new jobs and retain 77,000 existing jobs nationwide.”

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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 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 116 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.

For media enquiries, please contact public.affairs@ccsassociation.org  or Joe Butler-Trewin on 07908141067

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

CCUS Delivery Plan Update – 2023

Posted on: September 27th, 2023 by ccsaEditor

Carbon capture technology holds potential to unlock around £40 billion investment for UK economy by 2030

Accelerating deployment of carbon capture and storage in the UK could secure around £40 billion of inward investment by 2030, a new study of the technology’s potential reveals today.

The Carbon Capture and Storage Association’s (CCSA) new Delivery Plan has examined the pipeline of potential projects across the United Kingdom to identify the economic opportunities available and threats to successful deployment.

Since the plan was last updated in March 2022, the number of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects planned for the UK has grown from 55 projects to over 90 – with enough schemes now in the pipeline to capture around 94 million tonnes of CO2 per year – up 29% from 73 million tonnes last year. To put that in context, that’s equivalent to more than a quarter of total UK emissions. The projects would protect thousands of jobs in existing industries which currently emit lots of CO2, such as cement and steel and other manufacturing, and create many more in new green economy sectors, whilst making a huge contribution to meeting the UK’s 2050 net zero target.

Earlier this year, the CCSA welcomed the government’s commitment to £20 billion of revenue support for CCS deployment. Four industrial clusters have been selected across England and Scotland in a bid to kick start the industry.

But the CCSA study published today warns government support for CCS projects is behind schedule and there isn’t enough clarity on how the £20 billion will be allocated. As many as one in three projects are considering relocating overseas to countries backing the technology more vigorously.

Cross-party consensus is vital for delivery of major infrastructure, which is why, alongside the Delivery Plan, the CCSA is today also publishing a manifesto setting out pledges that MPs on all sides could adopt to speed up the deployment of carbon capture technology across the country. The CCSA will use an extensive programme of events through the party conference season to campaign on the pledges.

The CCSA today outlines five key asks of Government to unlock private capital investment:

1. Enable timely cluster delivery, including allocation of the £20 billion support
2. Publish a clear deployment plan for CCUS and commit to regular allocation rounds
3. Accelerate permitting and consenting
4. Deliver a healthy supply chain and skilled workforce
5. Build public support

Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, said:
“This year has seen a lot of progress for CCUS technology and we welcome the strides forward taken by the government to date.

“But our Delivery Plan makes clear there is much more to do to secure the tens of billions of direct investment which widespread deployment of CCUS technology could bring to the UK. This is investment which will support tens of thousands of new jobs, and retain existing jobs, across the country.

“The UK has the opportunity to lead the next industrial revolution and be at the forefront of the global deployment of this essential technology, rather than import low carbon products made elsewhere. But there is a global race underway, so we have to speed up, secure these investments and create the clean industries of the future here in the UK.”

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Notes to Editors

Read the Delivery Plan Update CCUS Delivery Plan Update 2023 FINAL

Read the Delivery Plan Update Executive Summary CCUS Delivery Plan Update Exec Summary 2023 FINAL

Read the CCSA Manifesto 2023 CCSA Manifesto September 2023

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 100 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.

For media enquiries please contact public.affairs@ccsassociation.org

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