Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Carbon capture, usage and storage in the UK - policy developments, business priorities and market frameworks, and supporting regional innovation

Morning, Tuesday, 31st March 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference will examine the next steps for developing carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) in the UK.


With a new parliament, and a government committed to expanding clean energy and economic growth, the conference takes place in the context of:

  • Plans for fully-operational CCUS clusters by mid-2020s - with major funding for project construction, and for assisting energy-intensive industries towards low-carbon technology;
  • The £505m Energy Innovation Programme and the allocation of £100m for accelerating the rollout of CCUS projects; and
  • The £315m Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, which identifies carbon capture technologies as a key opportunity for industrial decarbonisation.

With the Government further committed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 - and the role of CCUS reinforced in its response to the Committee on Climate Change 2019 report - attendees will also discuss:

  • The position of CCUS in the future energy mix;
  • Its role in supporting decarbonisation across the energy-intensive economy; and
  • What more is needed from policy to support commercialisation and deployment.

Speakers

The agenda includes contributions from: Will Lochhead, Head of CCUS Policy Team, BEIS; Dr Aaron Goater, Senior Analyst, Industry Lead, Committee on Climate Change; Andrew Hogg, Deputy Director, Energy Industries Division, Scottish Government; Chris Gent, Policy Manager, Carbon Capture and Storage Association; Karl Smyth, Group Head of Policy, Government Relations, Drax Group; Dr John Scott, Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group and Gareth Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Cornwall Insight - as well as from Ross Fairley, Burges Salmon; and Tim Kruger; Oxford Geoengineering.


The agenda

  • Next steps for CCUS policy and the roadmap for project development;
  • Whole-system integration and accelerating the rollout of CCUS technology;
  • Sector priorities for growth - technology costs, providing long term stability and expanding use across industry;
  • The 2050 net zero emissions target and the role of CCUS;
  • Supporting deployment across the UK and next steps for decarbonising offshore oil and gas assets;
  • Funding future projects - priorities including utilising the regulated asset base model, investor confidence, and reducing risks on return;
  • Risk and responsibilities in new projects, and the insurance regime;
  • Options for bringing CCUS into market-based schemes - power production payments and prospects for contracts for difference; and
  • Creating regional innovation clusters and establishing UK leadership in CCUS technology:
    • Lessons from early demonstration projects and overcoming future challenges - cost transparency, designing long-term strategies, and identifying local opportunities;
    • Supporting local high-value economic growth, and ensuring local organisations are at the forefront of CCUS development; and
    • Integrating carbon capture technology, and opportunities for developing a domestic supply chain.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; POST; Defra; Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland); DfT; DIT; Government Office for Science; Health and Safety Executive; Innovate UK; The Planning Inspectorate and The Scottish Government.



Keynote Speakers

Will Lochhead

Head of CCUS Policy Team, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Dr Aaron Goater

Senior Analyst, Industry Lead, Committee on Climate Change

Keynote Speakers

Dr Paula Carey

Managing Director, Carbon8 Systems

Chris Gent

Policy Manager, Carbon Capture and Storage Association

Karl Smyth

Group Head of Policy and Government Relations, Drax Group

Will Lochhead

Head of CCUS Policy Team, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Dr Aaron Goater

Senior Analyst, Industry Lead, Committee on Climate Change

Andrew Hogg

Deputy Director, Energy Industries Division, Scottish Government

Chair

Dr Alan Whitehead MP

Shadow Minister, Energy and Climate Change

Speakers

Tim Kruger

Programme Manager, Oxford Geoengineering Programme, University of Oxford

Ross Fairley

Partner, Energy, Burges Salmon

Dr John Scott

Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group

Gareth Miller

Chief Executive Officer, Cornwall Insight