UK Secretary of State Kwasi Kwarteng called carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) an ‘essential part’ of the UK’s toolkit in the drive to decarbonise the country’s economy, speaking at the CCUS 2021 annual conference.

The speech comes just days away from the UK Government announcing which CCUS projects will begin capturing and storing CO2 in the mid 2020s, a move which is seen as way for the country to ‘level up’ its decarbonisation efforts.

Commenting on the keynote speech, Kwasi Kwarteng, Business and Energy Secretary, said, “It was fantastic to speak at the Carbon Capture Storage Association (CCSA) conference to highlight the opportunity available to the UK to gain a competitive advantage in developing home-grown, green technologies, such as CCUS, as we look to build back better for a cleaner future.”

Jonathan Briggs, Chair, CCSA, called CCUS an ‘absolutely critical part’ of the net zero transition, with the capability of reaching into all energy sectors including hydrogen, power, industry, and greenhouse gas removal.

Day 2 of the conference is currently ongoing, with the event to run until tomorrow, 14th October.