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Committee questions experts on Carbon capture usage and storage

06 November 2018

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee kicks off its inquiry on carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) and efforts to kickstart this technology in the UK, with a hearing including witnesses from the carbon capture and storage, chemicals, and energy industries.

Evidence published

Ahead of the first evidence session on Tuesday morning, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has published 51 written evidence submissions for its inquiry on carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), received from business organisations, local authorities, academics and others.

Purpose of the session

The session on Tuesday is likely to examine the importance of CCUS in meeting UK carbon emission reductions targets, issues around reducing the costs of CCUS, the industrial challenges and opportunities around CCUS, and what steps the Government should take to follow up on the CCUS Cost Challenge Taskforce report.

Chair's comments

Speaking ahead of the hearing, Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said:

"Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) is expected to play an essential part in meeting the UK’s carbon budgets. In this inquiry we want to examine the content and extent of the Government’s ambitions for CCUS and explore what policy levers are needed to ensure large-scale use of CCUS becomes a reality. Clear policy signals will be crucial in creating a market in CCUS into the 2030s and, if the Government judges the costs are too high to make CCUS viable, then it they really must set out a workable alternative as the UK seeks to meet its carbon emissions targets".

The BEIS Committee’s inquiry is examining the Government’s commitment to deploying CCUS technology and whether it has a “Plan B” to meet the UK’s climate change targets should desired cost reductions not materialise. This short-inquiry is expected to conclude with a final Ministerial evidence session later in November.

Witnesses

Tuesday 6 November 2018, The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 12.30pm

  • Luke Warren, CEO, Carbon Capture and Storage Association
  • Professor Stuart Haszeldine, Director, Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Kristofer Hetland – Senior Adviser, Project Management, Equinor
  • Nick Sturgeon, Energy and Competitiveness Director, Chemicals Industry Association

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