UK Government Policy
On 3 April 2012, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published the first UK CCS Roadmap, setting out the steps that the government is taking to develop a new world-leading CCS industry in the 2020s.
Commitments in the CCS Roadmap include:
- Creating an electricity market that will enable CCS to compete with other low carbon sources.
- Launch a CCS commercialisation programme with £1bn of capital support.
- Work closely with industry to reduce costs, including through the establishment of a CCS Cost Reduction Task Force.
- Remove barriers and obstacles to deployment.
- Develop the regulatory environment, including for the long-term storage of CO2.
- Promote the capture and sharing of knowledge to accelerate deployment.
- Help build a stable foundation by supporting private sector access to skills and developing the supply chain.
View the UK CCS Roadmap
On 20 March 2013, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that the White Rose CCS Project had been shortlisted as one of two preferred bidders in the UK’s Carbon Capture and Storage Commercialisation Programme Competition.
Making the announcement, Energy Minister John Hayes said: “We are working quickly to our goal of a cost competitive CCS industry – and these projects are just the start. In the past year we have demonstrated there is significant appetite from industry to invest in UK CCS, providing jobs and investment opportunities.”
View the DECC press release
“The potential rewards from carbon capture and storage are immense: a technology that can de-carbonise coal and gas-fired power stations and large industrial emitters, allowing them to play a crucial part in the UK’s low carbon future.
“What we are looking to achieve, in partnership with industry, is a new world-leading CCS industry, rather than just simply projects in isolation – an industry that can compete with other low-carbon sources to ensure security and diversity of our electricity supply, an industry that can make our energy intensive industries cleaner and an industry that can bring jobs and wealth to our shores. The CCS industry could be worth £6.5bn a year to the UK economy by late next decade as we export UK expertise and products.
(Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, 3 April 2012)
“CCS has a key part to play in ensuring that we can keep the lights on at the same time as fighting climate change. The International Energy Agency has estimated that globally 3,400 CCS plants will be needed by 2050 if we are to meet our critical target of 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels. The UK has the skills and the opportunity to lead the world in this technology, which is why in the spending review we committed to investing up to a billion pounds in CCS.”
(Chris Huhne, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/emissions/ccs/ccs.aspx)
The government’s National Policy Statement for Fossil Fuel Electricity Generating Infrastructure (EN-2) published in July 2011 states that all new coal plants must be constructed with CCS technology installed from inception, with minimum emissions equivalent to 300MW being captured and stored. It is expected that once demonstration plants such as the White Rose CCS Project are proven to operate successfully, increased levels of operational CCS technology capturing more than 90% of all CO2 emissions will be required on fossil fuel-fired power stations under a timeframe that is yet to be determined.