CCSA/Net Zero Week 2022 webinar “CCUS and Net Zero – UK and global progress ahead of COP27”

On the 7th July, the CCSA hosted a webinar in association with Net Zero Week 2022. This webinar focussed on ‘CCUS and Net Zero – UK and global progress ahead of COP27″

The webinar recording can be found here, and the slides are available below.

Last year at COP26, Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) was at the forefront of many conversations and discussions, with a focus largely on the necessity of industrial CCUS and negative emissions technologies such as Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DACCS) and Bioenergy with CCS (BECCS).

Over the past six months there have been a number of developments in CCUS – both in the UK and around the world:

The UK now has a stated ambition for CCUS to deliver the first two CCUS clusters by the mid-2020s with a further two by 2030. To deliver this ambition, the UK Government launched the “CCUS Cluster Sequencing” process which, in October last year, selected the first projects that will be taken forward.

The CCSA published its “CCUS Delivery Plan 2035” in March this year, setting out the CCUS industry’s recommended pathway to deliver the Government’s Net Zero Strategy ambition of storing 50 Million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2035.

And as we turn our attention to COP27 in Egypt in November, it is worth reflecting on global CCUS developments over the last decade and the increased focus on CCUS clusters and networks.

This webinar provided an opportunity to hear from a number of experts on UK and global climate targets and their views on the CCUS roll-out pathway that will be needed to ensure we can meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

We were joined by a number of speakers, including:

  • Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive, CCSA – Chair and introductory remarks. The CCSA is the trade association promoting the commercial deployment of CCUS. The CCSA works 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.
  • Noora Al Amer, Senior International Climate Policy Adviser – Global CCS Institute (GCCSI). The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security.
  • Climate Change Committee (speaker tbc). The Climate Change Committee (CCC) is an independent, statutory body that advises the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets and reports to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The CCC have consistently emphasised the vital role that CCUS must play in meeting the UK’s net zero target. In their report “Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming”, the CCC stated that “CCS is a necessity not an option for reaching net-zero GHG emissions.”