Claire Perry, Minister of State for Energy & Clean Growth launched the CCUS Action Plan at the ‘Accelerating CCS’ Global Conference in Edinburgh on 28 November, stating “The time is now to seize this challenge to tackle climate change while kick starting an entirely new industry.”
The UK Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Deployment Pathway sets out the Government’s commitment to getting one CCUS plant up and running in the 2020s setting the stage for large scale deployment of the technology in the 2030s. It also sets out a series of next steps for 2019 to make this happen, addressing barriers to delivery, and re-affirming earlier funding commitments. The Plan is supported by a range of other studies including an assessment of the business models, and the potential for CO2 shipping.
Andy Lewis, Cadent’s Future Role of Gas Innovation Manager, also spoke about the opportunity presented by the Merseyside Cluster on a “CCUS as an enabler for the hydrogen economy” panel at the Conference, alongside other a cluster representative from Teeside and David Joffe from The Committee on Climate Change.
It’s all excellent news for HyNet as Phase 1 gets underway. A strong industry partnership led by Progressive Energy and including Peel Environmental, Cadent and others has now formed behind the Merseyside Cluster to advance plans. The first stage of this is securing innovation funding to support the development of the cluster. An application has been submitted and the team expect to hear in early 2019.
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