A report was published today by the UK’s trade body for the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry, the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA).

The report focuses on achieving a successful CCUS rollout programme through development of UK supply chains, in line with the UK’s net-zero ambitions.

Entitled “Supply Chain Excellence for CCUS”, experts from almost 50 organisations contributed to the development of the report.

It sets out five key recommendations to take forward the development of supportive supply chain strategies including forming a cluster-oriented approach. This approach will allow clusters to work with industry and mobilise a cross-industry team to build on the report and develop supportive supply chain strategies for the CCUS industry.

Commenting on the report and the potential for CCUS development, Olivia Powis, Head of UK Office, CCSA, said, “Due to geographical advantages and world-leading skills and expertise, the UK has a unique opportunity to become a global leader in the development of CCUS.”

“The next decade will be critical for CCUS deployment and by implementing the recommendations in today’s report, we have the opportunity to create a strong UK supply chain, providing significant domestic jobs and growth.”

There will also be the chance to work with industry on the development of strategies for various opportunities including reviewing and identifying which technologies would benefit from modularisation and standardisation, engaging the UK base materials sector to produce the products required by CCUS, and working with the government with regards to pre- and post- combustion capture techniques.

The report concludes that, by 2035, CCUS spending (including hydrogen and greenhouse gas removals) could reach £41bn. By utilising strategies to support domestic companies, a CCUS supply chain could be created in the UK, providing many UK jobs, as well as local manufacturing of products and goods.

James Smith, Co-chair, CCUS Council, spoke about the net zero project, saying, “Net zero is by far the biggest infrastructure project the UK has pursued in peacetime.”

“Successful delivery demands excellent supply chains. Excellent supply chains create major opportunities for the UK to rejuvenate and rebuild its industrial base.”

The full report can be found here.