The UK has advanced CCUS proposals in all of its major industrial regions including; Scotland, Teesside, Yorkshire and Humber, the North West and South Wales. These projects can begin operating in the 2020s and will provide the foundation upon which CCUS can be deployed at the scale required to achieve net zero.
Scotland has committed to being carbon Net Zero by 2045, 5 years ahead of the rest of the UK.
Industry will be essential across Scotland to ensure clean jobs are supported and developed, whilst the wellbeing of communities built up around traditional industries is retained. The Scottish industrial cluster will see CCUS at the heart of its decarbonisation mission, with the added benefit of the production of hydrogen at scale.neccus.co.uk
A number of carbon capture projects are being developed in the Humber region which would be capable of capturing over 40 million tonnes of CO2 per year. These projects are being promoted in parallel with common pipeline and storage infrastructure which would service the whole region.
By drawing on an existing skills and infrastructure base, the region can become a net zero industrial cluster and help create a cleaner region for future generations.humberzero.co.uk
The Teesside region in the North East of England is home to extensive local industry, with a diverse range of consortium partners, working to capture up to 10 million tonnes of CO2, the equivalent to the annual energy use of over 3 million UK homes. The full chain CCUS project is made up of five member companies and the project aims to decarbonise a cluster of carbon-intensive businesses by as early as 2030.netzeroteesside.co.uk
South Wales is home to some of the largest industrial facilities in the UK. To achieve climate goals, a group of companies have partnered together to deliver net zero emissions for industry in the region. The South Wales project will focus on the infrastructure required for the development of the hydrogen economy, for large scale CO2 capture (CCUS) and transport as well as onsite strategic opportunities to each industry. The projects have the potential to strengthen the economic resilience of Welsh industry and communities by ensuring operations in the region are sustainable for the long term.swic.cymru
The North West has been a centre for UK manufacturing since the industrial revolution and hosts a range of energy intensive users in textiles, shipping and engineering.
The cluster is home to the most advanced hydrogen and CCUS project in the UK which could see hydrogen blended into the gas grid and piped into homes and businesses. The project will initially save one million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year (rising to up to 10 million tonnes per year), creating a no-regrets, replicable model for the rest of the UK and beyond.hynet.co.uk
CCUS is well established technology – in fact, capturing and storing CO2 from industrial processes has been done in Europe since 1996. Globally, a portfolio of large-scale CCUS projects is in operation, capturing emissions from multiple sectors including; power generation, hydrogen production, cement manufacturing and gas processing.