Why CCS?

As the world comes together to tackle climate change, ambitious targets have been set for reducing carbon emissions. Deployment of CCS technology at scale can increase the possibility of meeting climate targets.

The whole world is under pressure to perform.

We need to increase the efficiency of our energy consumption and promote sources of non-fossil fuel energy. Yet despite advances in these areas and technological leaps forward in renewables such as solar, wind and hydropower, the world is in danger of failing to meet those targets. In turn, we are in danger of failing our responsibility to future generations.

Experts highlight CCS deployment

But there carbon capture and storage can play an important role. CCS can prevent large amounts of CO2 from entering the atmosphere at large industrial point sources and  if the fuel is biogenic, CCS can actually contribute to reducing CO2 in the atmosphere. Clean hydrogen can be made by steam reforming of natural gas and by storing the byproduct CO2.  

We face an unprecedented challenge in achieving climate objectives. Without CCS, this challenge becomes infinitely greater. (...) CCS will be critical for delivering the deep emission reductions needed across fossil fuel-based power and many industrial applications while providing the opportunity for “negative emissions

  IEA report, ‘Five Keys to Unlock CCS Investment’  

Deployment of CCS technology at scale can increase the possibility of meeting climate targets.

International research is increasingly supportive of this view, with many recent reports pointing to the importance of CCS to achieve climate goals.

…a transition to decarbonization of energy use is necessary in all scenarios.

UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on 2 degrees warming

In autumn 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees showed the role which CCS had to play in three of their four scenarios.

CCS in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees

An earlier IPCC Special Report on 2 degrees warming also pointed to the crucial role of CCS.

The International Energy Agency agrees. In its report ‘Five Keys to Unlock CCS Investment’, the world’s foremost authority on energy policy not only declared CCS to be critical in reducing atmospheric carbon levels but lauded its commercial viability.

CCS in Europe

When in November 2018, the EU Commission released its 2050 Climate Strategy, CCS was deemed necessary in all eight scenarios analysed by the report. The policy will be developed further in 2019, by member states and the European Parliament.

If CCS is to materialize at scale within the coming decade, a much larger research innovation and demonstration effort will also be needed to ensure its deployment…

European Commission 2050 Climate Strategy Report