UK government responds to CCUS consultation

21 August 2020 | Muriel Cozier

‘Key strategic priorities include timely deployment and delivering value for money.’

The UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published its response to a public consultation on carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) business models.

The consultation began during July 2019 and was concluded during September 2019. There were 72 responses, around a quarter came from large business, and a quarter from SMEs. The remainder of the responses came from special interest groups, trade associations, academics, private individuals and other interested parties. The Government consultation also included more than 15 events, with a combined attendance of 350 people.

The consultation comprised six sections:

  • Deploying CCUS in the 2020s
  • Parameters, integration and usage
  • Transport and Storage
  • Power CCUS
  • Industrial CCUS
  • Low carbon hydrogen production

In its responses on deploying CCUS over this decade the government said; ‘The delivery of operational CCUS clusters will require co-ordinated, strategic planning. For government, key strategic priorities include timely deployment and delivering value for money by maximising CO2 capture per pound of government investment, maximising future learning for clusters and reducing impact on consumers and taxpayers.’

Among the key responses acknowledging the importance of CCUS to decarbonise industry, the government highlighted the need for consideration to be given to those businesses that were not part of large industrial clusters. ‘While outside [the scope of the] consultation…government has commissioned a study into CCS deployment at dispersed industrial sites…The business model for industrial CCUS is designed to support industrial sites within and outside of clusters,’ the government response said.

On transportation and storage the government said it will ‘…progress work on the transport and storage model and is currently minded for an enduring model to support transport and storage infrastructure being operated through an economic form of regulation, drawing on experiences from other regulated network models.’

The full government response can be seen here.

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