Ambition, leadership and scale are essential if the UK is going to capitalise on the opportunities presented by carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS).

That’s what delegates were told at the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) conference, CCUS 2019: Capturing the clean growth opportunities.

Nearly 200 attendees from the CCUS sector, including industry providers, customers, policy makers, investors and researchers, were present at the event which explored landscape for CCUS, recent developments and opportunities for leadership, investment, innovation and growth. 

At the conference Chris Stark, The Climate Change Committee’s Chief Executive, reinforced the committee’s belief of CCUS being vital for the journey to decarbonisation, saying, “Let’s bury the idea that CCUS is a fantasy… CCUS is absolutely essential to meet the net zero target.”

Live Hovem, CEO of Oil and Gas for DNV GL also spoke at the conference, telling delegates, “We need more low carbon technologies to meet the Paris Agreement and this requires strong policies.”

The development of CCUS is currently an infrastructure challenge for the UK and a central pillar of the Government’s industrial strategy, clean growth and low carbon policies.