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Carbon Capture and Storage

Rapid deployment of CCS, especially for industry and negative emissions, is necessary to keep global temperature increases to 1.5°C

Combined with rapid emissions reductions, particularly the closure of all European coal plants by 2030, carbon capture and storage (CCS) is essential to meet the EU and UK’s emission reductions targets. This is supported by analysis from organisations including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the International Energy Agency and the UK Committee on Climate Change: without very rapid emissions reductions and CCS, we can’t meet the Paris Agreement.

Many industrial sectors like steel and cement produce CO2 as part of the manufacturing process, and so have limited options to reduce their emissions. To keep building the low-carbon society, CCS is essential for industry.

In the UK, gas power generation will continue to fall as it is undercut by growth in low-carbon power, but we do not expect it to be phased-out immediately. For climate targets to be met, any gas power must have emissions down from ~450gCO2/kWh to 50-100gCO2/kWh by 2030, and therefore CCS must play a role. For heat, low-carbon solutions are further off, and so we support investigating hydrogen and CCS.

The EU carbon price will not be enough to deliver commercial CCS projects and therefore there will need to be additional support provided at the EU and Member State level.

Sandbag is working with other NGOs, academia and industry to:

  • examine how CCS can be brought forward in Europe through a ‘hubs and cluster approach’, bringing CO2 emissions from different industries and safely storing it offshore;
  • consider how CCS can be sustainably financed, and the role Government needs to play;
  • support the development of a coalition of CCS leaders and champions to make CCS – for industry and negative emissions – a reality;
  • influence the UK Government to follow many of the recommendations in Lord Oxburgh’s September 2016 report “Lowest Cost Decarbonisation for the UK: The Critical Role of CCS

Sandbag also provides the Secretariat for the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on CCS, with the CCSA.

Recent CCS blog posts

Launching Sandbag’s report on barriers to industrial decarbonisation

Businesses are clear that changes to the ETS benchmarks are needed – to facilitate low-carbon production methods, and eliminate perverse incentives to pollute.

How will the UK cut carbon in the 2020’s?

The Clean Growth Strategy covers the whole economy – but reducing coal and gas in electricity generation is still where the bulk of the emissions cuts fall out to 2032

Steeling ourselves for the future: Steelmakers can help to cut EU emissions

EU ETS reform risks failing to cut the steel sector’s emissions whilst boosting the sector's unearned profits - this was the key message of a letter delivered yesterday to Heads of European Member...

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