A meeting of international climate change leaders heard that any exclusion on carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) amongst key climate change remedies will damage hopes for a decarbonised future.

A meeting of international climate change leaders heard that any exclusion on carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) amongst key climate change remedies will damage hopes for a decarbonised future.

The UK Government and the Global CCS Institute organised the conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, where they called on all sectors - government, financial, environmental and industrial – to collaborate on the acceleration of CCS/CCUS technologies.

“At this seminal summit and conference, the UK is setting a world-leading ambition for developing and deploying carbon capture and storage technology to cut emissions,” said Rt Hon Claire Perry, UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth.

“It shows how determined all countries are to unlock the potential of this game-changing technology that representatives from across the globe are gathered in Edinburgh. The time is now to seize the challenge and tackle climate change while kick starting an entirely new industry.”

Global CCS Institute CEO Brad Page said the UK has a genuine opportunity to become a global technology leader for CCUS, securing the economic and climate benefits it can deliver.

The deployment of CCUS could preserve jobs and generate new employment, build new industries create new energy economies including hydrogen and CO2 re-use applications and support industrial competitiveness and new innovation.

“CCS technologies are indispensable to a net zero future. There is simply no other technology that cab address emissions from sectors such as steel, cement and fertilisers which remain indispensable to our future,” said Brad Page, Global CCS Institute CEO.

“The debate needs to shift and it must shift if anyone is truly serious about targets and timeframes. Expect a climate disaster if CCS is not on the table.”

Page said that over the past year, CCUS progress had been made in the UK, US, China, Japan, Norway and the Netherlands where supportive CCS mechanisms were being put in place.

Page, a UK CCUS Council Member, said the UK especially has recognised the full potential that CCUS can bring to the industry, employment and the long-term economy.

There are currently 23 commercial large-scale global CCS facilities in operation or construction and a further 28 pilot and demonstration scale facilities in operation or under construction.

“We’ve seen slow and steady progress on CCUS in the past decade, but this is far from enough. The task of deploying CCUS must be approached with a real sense of urgency,” said Dr Faith Birol, Executive Director of IEA (International Energy Agency), at the conference.

“As our recent analysis from the World Energy Outlook demonstrated, CCUS is one of the few technologies that can create room for manoeuvre by allowing critic al energy infrastructure to operate without carbon emissions.”