The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) welcomes today’s launch by the Teesside Collective of their plan to develop Europe’s first industrial CCS cluster in the Tees Valley.

The plan consists of two phases; the initial phase which would capture and store 2.8m tonnes of CO2 per year by 2024 – helping to maintain almost 6,000 jobs, and the expansion phase which could deliver up to 15m tonnes of CO2 reduction per year by 2035, creating an additional 2,600 jobs and £2bn Gross Value Added (GVA).

Dr. Luke Warren, Chief Executive of the CCSA, commented, “Since its inception through the Tees Valley City Deal, the Teesside Collective project has become a leading voice on how to develop industrial CCS in the UK.”

“The reports launched today mark the culmination of eighteen months of hard work to understand the policy and incentives that will be required to enable this project to fly.”

The two CCS projects in the Government’s CCS competition – White Rose and Peterhead – are progressing well and final investment decisions are expected towards the end of the year. It is vital that both of these projects go ahead if we are to lay the foundations for a commercial CCS industry in the UK and build the infrastructure which will support other power and industrial CCS projects – including the Teesside Collective project.

In parallel, the new Government must also turn its attention to developing an enabling framework to deliver a second phase of CCS projects. This second phase will be crucial in realising cost-competitive CCS in the 2020s and must include the creation of an industrial CCS investment mechanism.

This launch is particularly timely as the Committee on Climate Change has just released their 2015 Progress Report to Parliament. The report emphasises the importance of developing CO2 transport and storage infrastructure to support CCS in both power and industrial sectors and includes a recommendation on the need to develop policy to commercialise industrial CCS.

“For energy intensive industries such as steel, cement and chemicals, CCS is the only option that can enable deep cuts in emissions. It is therefore a vital technology to maintain the future competitiveness of these important industries, whilst helping to safeguard tens of thousands of jobs,” concluded Warren.