CCC welcomes Government’s recommitment to Carbon Capture & Storage technology

29 Nov 2018 11:58 AM

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) welcomes news that the Government plans to develop the UK’s first facility to capture, store and use carbon by the mid-2020s. Yesterday’s announcement signals that the Government is recommitting to this vital technology.

The Government’s new Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Action Plan, unveiled at a high-level summit in Edinburgh, includes a range of measures to enable UK deployment of the technology in around 5 years’ time. It also suggests the £315 million Industrial Energy Transformation Fund could be used to support industrial CCUS.

The CCC has long been clear that the development of UK-based carbon capture and storage technology is essential to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the economy, and to meet the UK’s climate change targets.

The technology can play a key role in removing emissions from industry, in electricity generation, in producing low-carbon hydrogen and by opening up pathways for greenhouse gas removals more broadly.

In particular, the Committee highlights that:

Responding to the announcement, the CCC’s Chief Executive, Chris Stark, yesterday said:

“The Committee welcomes the Government’s recommitment to carbon capture and storage technology, which is vital to meeting the UK’s and the world’s climate change commitments. Today’s Action Plan sets out the right priorities – but the actions to deliver them need to be accelerated.

“We agree with the Government that the main barriers to rolling out CCS are not technological but in policy and commercial development – so we welcome the collaboration with industry in developing the Action Plan. We also agree that deployment must begin soon in order to meet those challenges, and we welcome steps to initiate a new project within a year and fully expect that to be operational by the mid-2020s.

“The UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy rests partly on this essential CCUS technology, so it’s imperative that plans for its deployment are robust, and rolled out in time.”