CCUS Cost Challenge Taskforce publishes report to Government
The Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Taskforce has presented a report to Government in which it sets out its recommendations on how the UK can bring forward CCUS and deliver on its ambition of becoming a world leader in this technology.
19th July 2018 by Networks
The report sets out the opportunity and value that CCUS delivers across the UK economy and emphasises the need for urgency to enable CCUS to fulfil its role in achieving the lowest-cost route to meeting the UK’s statutory climate change targets.
The overall conclusion of the Taskforce, which was chaired by Charlotte Morgan, Energy and Infrastructure partner at Linklaters, is that CCUS meets the three commitments set out in the Clean Growth Strategy; reducing emissions in the most cost-effective way, maximising innovation and making the UK a global technology leader. The UK is uniquely placed to grasp the CCUS opportunity, with the potential to develop a large export market delivering significant economic benefits for the UK.
The report recommends a number of key actions and messages, including:
- A minimum of two CCUS clusters (incorporating capture plants and CO2 stores) operational from the mid-2020s.
- The development of CCUS clusters delivers value across the UK economy by enabling low-carbon industries and electricity as well as unlocking other benefits such as decarbonised hydrogen for heating, greenhouse gas removal and carbon dioxide utilisation.
- The development of a new business model for CO2 transport and storage, separate from that which is used for the capture plant.
Dr Luke Warren, chief executive of the CCSA, commented: “After six months of intense discussions between a number of key CCUS stakeholders, the message from today’s report is clear: CCUS can already be deployed at a competitive cost, through the development of CCUS clusters in key UK regions. These clusters could support clean growth across the UK economy whilst retaining and creating high-value jobs in some of the UK’s most important industries.
“The Government has committed to publishing a CCUS Deployment Pathway by the end of 2018. The next five – six months therefore represent a crucial period for CCUS. It is imperative that industry and Government now work together to ensure that the recommendations set out in today’s report are taken forward and reflected in a strong and ambitious new approach to CCUS.”
Login on register to comment
Cadent backs launch of major bio-CNG HGV refuelling station
Gas network’s £250,000 infrastructure investment ensures supplies to existing connected customers have not been impacted
Editor’s blog: The biggest tests of resilience are yet to come
Network content director Jane Gray reflects on the industry's coronavirus response to date and the challenges still to come.
From the front line: Chris Garside and Andy Simcoe, Northern Gas Networks
Key workers across the power and gas networks are playing a critical role in the national response to Coronavirus. Network has committed to profiling their stories.
Related supplier content
Load patterns and lockdown: how Covid-19 is impacting electricity networks
Insights into dynamics on the low voltage network as the outbreak unfolds
Protect electrical equipment from insulation failure
Insulation faults are a major cause leading to the eventual failure of electrical equipment. Partial discharge (PD) is a very reliable indicator of developing insulation faults. Regular PD testing allows users to detect and analyze PD activity
How E.ON. is helping the City of London become a zero emissions city
Discover Citigen. Deep in the heart of our bustling capital