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Next steps for CCUS development in the UK

May 2023

Price: £150 PLUS VAT

This conference looked at next steps for the development of carbon capture, usage and storage in the UK.

With the Government’s commitment to deliver four CCUS clusters by 2030, and the 2022 British Energy Security Strategy reinforcing the role of CCUS in meeting decarbonisation targets, key stakeholders and policymakers examined progress towards deployment so far, as well as priorities for further scale-up, commercialisation and implementation of the technologies moving forward.

Following the launch of the UK’s CCUS Cluster Sequencing Programme and the CCUS Investor Roadmap, we expected discussion on:

  • progress towards Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Track-1 cluster developments and shortlisted projects
  • preparing technologies for implementation, and overcoming engineering challenges in scale-up and expansion
  • ambitions around building the supply chain and mobilising development opportunities
  • next steps for commercialisation in order to maximise economic benefits
  • addressing infrastructure barriers across transport platforms, pipelines and storage
  • timelines for Track-2 and setting out plans to meet 2030 targets

Delegates also considered the recently published Dispatchable Power Agreement, with discussion on the opportunities and drawbacks of business models for power, CCUS and BECCs, and how they can best deliver to help sectors decarbonise, as well as how CCUS power could operate under future market arrangements.

We are pleased to have been able to include a keynote session with Chris Thackeray, Deputy Director for Power CCUS, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

Overall, sessions in the agenda looked at:

  • developing the CCUS clusters: building the supply chain - maximising economic opportunities - growing the skills base - preparing to decarbonise key sectors when operations commence
  • infrastructure: overcoming practical barriers around transmission and storage - grid and pipeline connections - storage capacity and availability - improving options for transportation
  • implementation and technology deployment: assessing the Dispatchable Power Agreement alongside policy support - power CCUS and BECCs business models
  • CCUS clusters within the wider energy market: integration in the context of current system challenges - minimising costs to consumers - engaging investors - delivering on decarbonisation goals
  • policy: priorities for enabling the rollout of CCUS - progress towards net zero ambitions

The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from the Cabinet Office; CCC; DBT; Defra; DAERA, NI; Department for the Economy, NI; DfT; Department of Finance, NI; DESNZ; DLUHC; FCDO; GLD; HM Treasury; HSE; IPA; MCA; NAO; NIC; NIRO; The Planning Inspectorate; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government - as well as by parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament.

This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materials, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda