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The CCUS opportunity: It's time to act

This article was originally published in BusinessGreen on the 26th July 2018

Last week the Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Cost Challenge Taskforce delivered its report, Delivering Clean Growth, to government for the development of CCUS in the UK. This report is one of the strands to realising the government's ambition articulated in the Clean Growth Strategy published in October 2017 and has galvanised the industry around a new way of thinking about CCUS for the UK.

As chair of the CCUS Taskforce and having been advising on energy issues over several decades, I was delighted to have the opportunity to see whether, as an industry, we could deliver to the government a new way of seeing the CCUS opportunity based on its intrinsic wider values, both as a tool for decarbonisation but also as a catalyst for new industries. Last week industry delivered a new vision for CCUS in the UK across a number of industries. Speaking at the launch of the report, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry called CCUS "one of the greatest industrial opportunities" for the UK for clean growth.

But this is just the start of what needs to remain an active and engaging process if the value CCUS can deliver is to become a reality for the UK.

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Nikki Brain, Policy Manager at the CCSA, reflects on the outlook for CCS in the UK over the coming year:

 

As we are now one month into 2018, let’s take stock of where we are with CCS in the UK.

Back in October last year, the Government released its much awaited Clean Growth Strategy (CGS), which contained a set of new commitments to move forward with CCS in the UK. For those with an interest in UK climate policy this is a welcome development, given that CCS remains critical to meeting our carbon targets at least cost, and the only option for deep decarbonisation for some industries.

The new approach set out in the CGS emphasises collaboration between Government and the private sector; recognises the role CCUS can play in decarbonising multiple sectors including industry, power, heat and transport; and highlights the economic potential CCUS represents to the UK.

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CCS:  squaring the circle on CO2

Guest blog from Olaf Martins, Global Engagement Manager, International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP)

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What does Leonardo da Vinci’s famous rendering of ‘Vitruvian man’ have to do with carbon capture and storage (CCS)? 

Leonardo has come to be seen as the definitive renaissance figure.  Artist, architect and sculpture, he was also a scientist and engineer, with many of his technical observations and achievements anticipating modern inventions such as the helicopter and submarine.  Because of these, he is now regarded as a seer as well.

But even Leonardo never predicted the world’s reliance on oil and gas – or contemporary concerns about CO2 in the atmosphere.

Guest blog from Indira Mann, Communications & Knowledge Exchange Executive, SCCS

The last few days have brought yet another body blow to the UK’s steel industry as it struggles to remain viable within a changeable global market. This marketplace, for industry in general, will also begin to feel the impact of a rising carbon price and a client base that is demanding more sustainable products. Could this shift in emphasis provide light at the end of the tunnel for the UK’s industrial sector and can it rise to the carbon challenge?

A cross-party group of parliamentarians and external stakeholders met at Westminster last week to discuss UK industry’s vision for tackling its emissions through carbon capture and storage (CCS). This range of technologies provides the means of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial facilities and power plants for storage in suitable geological sites deep underground.

On the same day we released our report, Achieving a low-carbon society: CCS expertise and opportunity in the UK. Our aim was to highlight the UK’s unique and enviable set of assets, which can deliver a CCS industry, allowing us to meet crucial emissions targets cost-effectively – in line with the international climate agreement reached in Paris – while supporting industry and powering the economy.

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Capturing Knowledge for Meaningful Action

Guest blog from Indira Mann, Communications & Knowledge Exchange Executive, SCCS

 

It could well be the turning point our planet needs, but the Paris climate talks at the end of this month will struggle to achieve their stated intention – a meaningful climate change agreement by world leaders – unless more than five nations include or even consider Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as part of a concerted approach to tackling carbon emissions.

The importance of CCS as a means of arresting global warming cannot be downplayed. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change itself has stated that, without its large-scale deployment, the world will fail to keep a global temperature increase to within 2°C. A recent report by the Global CCS Institute lists 22 large-scale CCS projects, either already operating or getting very close, which prove to a stubbornly sceptical world that the technology works and can be deployed by many more countries right now. And if cost is still a perceived barrier, analysis by the International Energy Agency suggests that CCS will actually reduce decarbonisation costs further down the road.

So if we are serious about averting dangerous climate change and the technology exists, what might governments, regulators and potential project developers still need? Two high-level joint industry projects, led by the SCCS research partnership with support from industry and government, sought to provide some of the answers. Here are a few of our findings.