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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.

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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There have been a few interesting articles on CCS recently; firstly the Telegraph article “Lucky Britain to win 21st century jackpot from carbon capture”, 2nd September and yesterday the FT article “Carbon capture: Miracle machine or white elephant?”, 9th September. 

Whilst it is obviously great that CCS is gaining increasing attention in the media, we need to look at the messages that these articles leave behind.