Wide deployment of carbon capture systems is crucial if the UK is to achieve a net zero emission economy and boost its ailing productivity, a group of MPs warned today. But the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee argued that far from prioritising the strategically crucial sector, the government had hampered the development of the UK’s CCS sector through 15 years of “turbulent” policy. The committee today published its long-awaited report on the prospects for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies in the UK and called on the government to set a much clearer policy direction to support the rapid development of the sector, arguing that a failure to do could badly undermine national decarbonisation efforts.
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Experts and policymakers agree that carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) will be necessary to meet the UK’s existing climate change targets at least cost, and that the country could not credibly adopt a ‘net zero’ target, in line with the aspirations of the Paris Agreement, without the technology. The UK is considered to have one of the most favourable environments globally for CCUS, but the technology has suffered from 15 years of turbulent policy support, including the cancellation of two major competitions at a late stage. No commercial-scale plant has yet been constructed in the UK.
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