Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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


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

It will be an opportunity to discuss the direction of policy with the new government committed to expanding clean energy and economic growth - and in the context of:

  • Plans for fully-operational CCUS clusters by mid-2020s - with £800m allocated 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.


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • 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, The Scottish Government; and
  • Chris Gent, Policy Manager, Carbon Capture and Storage Association.

Further speakers include: Dr Paula Carey, Carbon8 Systems; Dr Diana Casey, Mineral Products Association; Ross Fairley, Burges Salmon; Tim Kruger, Oxford Geoengineering; Gareth Miller, Cornwall Insight; Dr John Scott, Zurich Insurance Group and Karl Smyth, Drax Group.

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; Government Office for Science; HM Treasury; National Audit Office; Ofgem; Planning Inspectorate; DCMS; Defra; DIT; DfE; DfT; FCO; Health and Safety Executive; MHCLG; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates