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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.
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.
What is the difference between value and cost? When a technology like CCS is indispensable to the UK economy (high-value), what role does the cost play?
The UK Government published its Industrial Strategy Green Paper a few weeks ago, emphasising the need to reduce the cost of energy and decarbonisation in the power and industrial sectors. There is overwhelming evidence showing that CCS is one of the most valuable solutions to achieving this goal – for example the Committee on Climate Change has concluded that CCS has the potential to halve the cost of meeting the UK’s 2050 climate change target.
However, to realise the tremendous value of CCS, we need to tackle the perception that CCS is high-cost.
Guest blog from Olaf Martins, Global Engagement Manager, International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP)
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.
During the summer holidays, whilst Parliament was in recess, things have actually been quite busy in the world of CCS.
On the 8th September, the CCSA hosted a CCS Knowledge Transfer Workshop – to allow CCS project developers to engage with representatives of the two projects in the cancelled CCS Competition. The workshop was framed around the 90 Key Knowledge Deliverables (KKD’s) from the Competition projects – a requirement under the terms of the competition – which have now been published in full on the UK Government website. Together with our Lessons Learned report, which we blogged about in July, we should now have a good understanding of how to move forward with CCS projects and what to avoid.
Speaking of moving forward, let’s draw a line under the Competition and look to the future. We need a simple CCS story that answers three basic questions; Why CCS? Why UK? And Why Now?