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CCSA co-signs industry joint recommendations for Low-Carbon Fuels Certification in the EU

Posted on: June 13th, 2024 by ccsaEditor

The CCSA has signed a joint statement on the Low-Carbon Fuels Certification Delegated Act. The co-signatories of this letter welcome the intention of the European Commission to define the necessary elements for the certification of low-carbon fuels to support a clear regulatory framework, a prerequisite for their needed ramp-up.

The co-signatories:

Read the joint statement here.

 

CCSA Welcomes the North Sea Transition Authority’s Carbon Storage Initiative

Posted on: May 1st, 2024 by ccsaEditor

The CCSA welcomes the North Sea Transition Authority’s announcement yesterday, opening an Out-of-Round application process for a carbon storage licence in the English Channel. This move signifies a crucial step towards supporting the decarbonisation efforts not only in the south of England but also beyond.

Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) plays an indispensable role in the UK’s journey towards achieving net zero. It not only facilitates decarbonisation but also holds significant economic benefits.

The CCSA stresses the importance of continued collaboration between Industry and Government to realise the full potential of CCUS in achieving net zero emissions and driving economic growth in the UK and beyond to help deliver the CCUS vision set out by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

Read more on the announcement here.

For media enquiries please email: press@ccsassociation.org

Notes to Editors

About CCUS

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).

About the CCSA

The CCSA is the lead European association accelerating 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.

To find out more about the CCSA please visit the CCSA website here.

Recent CCSA publications

Posted on: April 30th, 2024 by ccsaEditor

Download the CCSA’s Member Services Leaflet

Download the CCSA’s recent publications below:

Green Jobs Delivery Group – CCS Task and Finish Group: Findings and recommendations of the group

CCSA EU Manifesto 2024-2029: CCUS paving the way to a Net Zero Europe

CCSA Spring Budget Submission Report 2024

Delivering opportunity and green growth in our industrial communities: A manifesto for the United Kingdom from the CCSA

CCSA CCUS Delivery Plan Update 2023 – full report & executive summary

CCSA CCUS Supply Chain Good Practice Guidance Document – full report & executive summary

CCSA Workforce & Skills Position Paper – full report & executive summary

The CCSA, bp, ECITB, and CATCH Unveil New Report on Green Jobs and Carbon Capture & Storage

Posted on: April 22nd, 2024 by ccsaEditor

[London, 22nd April 2024] – Today, the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Task and Finish Group (T&FG), comprising of the Carbon Capture & Storage Association (CCSA), bp, and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), announced the publication of their joint report, “Green Jobs Delivery Group – CCS Task and Finish Group, findings and recommendations of the group”. The report, announced at the CATCH training centre, in Stallingborough, signifies a significant milestone in shaping the future of green jobs in the UK. It will provide vital insights and recommendations to address critical skills gaps and opportunities in the CCS sector.

The report sets out the findings and conclusions from the extensive work of the CCS T&FG. It serves to inform the government’s Green Jobs Action Plan while enabling the CCS sector to navigate skills challenges and opportunities effectively. Focussed primarily on the transport and storage aspects of the CCS sector, the report provides key insights from comprehensive sector-wide inputs between mid-2023 and early 2024.

It highlights that CCS can play a pivotal role in industrial decarbonisation, particularly in unlocking opportunities in blue hydrogen production and in the safeguarding of existing heavy industries and deliver a significant contribution to the future of the UK economy. It also notes that the sector offers opportunities for a transitioning workforce and for international collaboration.

An in-depth labour market analysis revealed the projected workforce demand for CCS transport and storage roles from 2023-2030. Projections show potential peaks of up to 3,000 direct roles in a single year by 2030, with broader direct CCS sector roles peaking at up to 15,000 in a single year during the same period. The report underscores the urgency of addressing skills shortages to ensure the successful deployment of CCS projects.

The analysis also identified critical ‘pinch points’ in occupational demand – including across welding, pipefitting, and geosciences – highlighting challenges such as overlapping skill requirements with other sectors, aging labour profiles, and workforce diversity concerns. The report emphasises the importance of addressing skills shortages to maximise the accessibility of these role to local workforce, avoid inflation of labour costs and maintain the sector’s competitiveness.

The report proposes three key sets of actions to address skills challenges effectively:

• Continued and increasingly galvanised industry investment in skills development initiatives, including STEM outreach, apprenticeship programmes, and vocational training.
• Enhanced place-based coordination of skills activities within CCS clusters, supported by wider cross-government policies to drive CCS deployment.
• Sustained government support and investment in CCS policy to provide certainty for job creation and skill development.

Olivia Powis, UK Director at the CCSA, said:

“The findings of this report highlight the critical importance of urgent and targeted interventions to tackle skills shortages and promote workforce development in the CCS sector. By aligning industry initiatives with government policies, we can collaboratively address challenges and opportunities in CCS deployment, driving economic growth and achieving net zero ambitions while fostering a sustainable future for generations to come.”

Andy Lane, VP of Hydrogen and CCUS for the UK, and Chair of The CCS Task and Finish Group said:

“CCS will play a vital role in the UK’s net zero transition plans and could make a substantial contribution to the future of the UK economy. To deliver on that potential it will need the combined efforts of Government, industry, skills bodies, unions and others to help the UK build the skills the sector needs to thrive. This report is a great example of that collaboration in action and is another important step for the future of the sector.”

Andrew Hockey, CEO of the ECITB said:

“Collaboration among diverse stakeholders is the cornerstone of progress. It was a privilege for the ECITB to contribute towards the joint endeavour of producing this report which highlights the fusion of expertise from our respective organisations and emphasises the importance of skills development in driving forwards our collective journey towards a greener and more resilient economy. Increased investment from both industry and government in developing skills initiatives and vocational training will bolster our ability to integrate CCS technologies into our industrial and energy sectors. This will enable us to bridge the gap between our current reliance on fossil fuels and a future where we can sustain energy security through renewable sources.”

David Talbot, CEO CATCH said:

“CATCH was delighted to host the unveiling of the new Green Jobs and Carbon Capture & Storage report. Standing at the forefront of the transformation, CATCH aim to deliver 1000 new entrants to industry per year by 2029, with our vision for a new National Net Zero Training Centre. This initiative is a direct response to the urgent need highlighted in recent labour market analysis, which forecasts a significant increase in workforce demand across industrial clusters by 2030. The new centre, backed by CCS industries, is designed to address critical ‘pinch points’ in demand for welding & pipefitting skills, ensuring learners are well-prepared to contribute to the sector’s growth. By focusing on specialised training and development, we are taking a proactive step towards mitigating skill shortages, enhancing workforce diversity, and fostering a competitive edge within the industry.”

For media enquiries please email: press@ccsassociation.org

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Notes to Editors

The full report is available for download here.

About CCUS

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).

About the CCSA 

The CCSA is the lead European association accelerating 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.

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

About bp

bp intends to invest up to £18 billion in the UK’s energy system by the end of 2030, demonstrating bp’s firm commitment to the UK, and helping the country to deliver on its bold ambitions to boost energy security and reach net zero. As one of the largest oil and gas producers in the UK, bp intends to continue investing in North Sea oil and gas, while working to drive down operational emissions. bp is also in action on a range of lower carbon energy investments in the UK, which are expected to bring jobs and develop new skills and capabilities. 

About ECITB

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) is the employer-led skills body for the Engineering Construction Industry in Great Britain.
A non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Education, the ECITB works with employers and government to attract, develop and qualify personnel across a wide range of craft, technical and managerial disciplines.
We invest around £28 million every year to enhance skills across the engineering construction industry, support growth through workforce training, and tackle labour shortages and skills gaps. www.ecitb.org.uk

About CATCH

CATCH is a leader in adult skills and apprenticeships driven by industrial members, rooted deeply in industry. Established in 1999 to support the £6 billion Humber chemical and process sectors. Our state-of-the-art training centre was launched in 2006, and CATCH Skills quickly followed in 2017. CATCH Apprenticeships was born in 2021, marking a new era of industrial training and development. The CATCH Welding & Pipefitting Hub, launched September 2023, is an employer led project to ensure that our region has the right level of skills to meet the demand not only for existing projects in the process industry sector but to enable the UK to deliver the mega-scale engineering construction projects that industrial decarbonisation of our industry requires.

The Carbon Capture and Storage Association presents the CCSA EU Manifesto 2024-2029: CCUS paving the way to a Net Zero Europe

Posted on: March 25th, 2024 by ccsaEditor

In light of the upcoming 2024-2029 EU legislative term, the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) is delighted to announce the publication of the CCSA EU 2024 Manifesto: CCUS paving the way to a Net Zero Europe.

The CSSA EU Manifesto 2024 presents our vision on how European policymakers can establish the basis for the commercialisation of CCUS technologies and deliver a robust CCUS market in Europe.

We have identified the steps that the EU institutions, as well as EU Member States and neighbouring countries, need to take during the legislative term 2024-2029.

These are:

– Defining schemes to support CCUS investments.

– Europe-wide agreement on ambitious capture and storage targets.

– Emphasising the importance of clear regulatory frameworks for CO2 transport.

– Advancing international and cross-border cooperation.

– Support low carbon products.

– Build public support and project-level communications.

Discover more on the CCUS industry priorities for the 2024-2029 EU legislative term by downloading the Manifesto here.

European delegation visits North-Eastern carbon capture clusters amid push to deploy technology across the UK

Posted on: March 12th, 2024 by ccsaEditor

[London, 12th March 2024] – Last week, European diplomats visited carbon capture business in the north of England to witness the roll out of the vital technology across the UK’s industrial regions and explore how the rollout of the UK Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry can support the UK and EU’s journey to net zero and boost economic investment into the UK.

Officials from the EU Delegation to the UK and nine EU Member States spent two days carrying out fact-finding visits in the Humberside and Teesside clusters, supported by the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, (CCSA.)

On March 7, the group viewed the Humber Freeports, including visits to the Phillips 66 Immingham Refinery, and the CATCH Skills Training Facility, where they met with partners of Viking CCS, one of the UK’s ‘CCUS Clusters’. On March 8, the delegation met innovative, Leeds based Carbon capture technology developer, C-Capture, before travelling to see the Teesworks Skills Academy and meet members of the East Coast Cluster, including BP, the Northern Endurance Partnership and Net Zero Teesside Power.

A networking event was held in Leeds to facilitate discussions between the delegation, CCSA members and UK CCUS industry partners and government representatives. The visit emphasised the importance of collaboration in advancing CCUS technology innovation.

Deployment of CCUS technology is vital for meeting the UK’s Net Zero targets. It will enable energy intensive industries making products such as cement and glass to continue manufacturing in the UK while still cutting emissions. As a result, CCUS technology is expected to generate 70,000 new skilled jobs and protect 77,000 existing jobs.

CCSA analysis suggests UK CCUS companies could attract up to £30 billion in private sector investment by 2030 if the Government puts in place the right support now. This will ensure the industry becomes self-sustaining while helping to meet government targets of capturing 20-30 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030.

Olivia Powis, UK Director at the CCSA, said:

“This visit highlights the positive progress in driving policy development and facilitating the deployment of CCUS technologies both in the UK and across the EU.

“We were pleased to support the European delegation’s visit and give them the opportunity to see Viking CCS and the East Coast Cluster as well as an overview of the significant progress being made in the UK’s industrial regions towards achieving net zero ambitions through CCUS technology. By fostering dialogue and collaboration with our European partners, we are helping to secure a sustainable and low-carbon future while safeguarding critical industries in the UK and across the EU.”

The members of the European Delegation said: ”During this insightful two-day visit, we have witnessed the progresses of two UK clusters committed to decarbonise crucial industrial sectors of the UK economy that account for a significant portion of UK emissions. We have observed the determination with which these stakeholders are working in achieving these objectives and helping UK in its journey toward net zero.”

The European delegation included members of the EU Delegation to the UK, of the Embassies of Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Latvia, Germany and France, and of Advantage Austria.

 

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 Carbon Capture Storage Association (CCSA) is the lead European association accelerating 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 email press@ccsassociation.org

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

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.

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