Trade body for the UK’s carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) industry, the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), has reacted to a strategy laid out by the UK Government that lays out its commitments to accelerate deployment of low-carbon energy sources.

Released on April 7th, the British Energy Security Strategy also reaffirmed Government’s commitment to delivering 4 CCUS clusters by 2030 to help deliver a decarbonised electricity system by 2030. 

The strategy reaffirms the key role that CCUS and hydrogen will play in delivering a net zero electricity system, echoed by Government’s decision to the hydrogen target to 10GW (gigawatts), with up to 5GW provided by blue hydrogen. 

“As the IPCC concluded in their report this week, if we are to meet Paris Agreement goals and avoid stranded energy assets, CCUS is crucial,” said Olivia Powis, Head of UK Office, CCSA. 

Last week also saw the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) release its Working Group III report on ‘Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change’, which emphasised the role CCUS technologies must play to limit global warming to 2C or 1.5C.