UK must work faster on CCUS and plan beyond 2030 reports Net Zero review


The UK government must work rapidly to re-envisage and implement a clear carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) roadmap, showing the plan beyond 2030, according to a Net Zero review published today.

The Mission Zero review, which makes 129 recommendations and spans over 300 pages, acknowledges the allocation of CCUS contracts has been overly constrained, with industry keen to have a more streamlined process for cluster selection and subsequent phases. This year HM Treasury should set out the funding envelope available to support Track-1 CCUS clusters, it notes.

“Leading CCUS stakeholders such as the CCSA and Shell have told us that the lack of a clear route for deployment beyond Track 1 clusters, and phase 1 projects within these clusters, could damage the UK’s progress,” it states.

There is also specific uncertainty around the growth of carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. The capacity for transport and storage networks to accept CO2 from dispersed sites and international sources will be vital for the UK’s carbon budgets and reaching Net Zero.

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