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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.