CCUS a £41bn opportunity for UK

The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), the trade body for the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry in the UK, has published a report on developing the UK supply chains to deliver a successful CCUS rollout programme, in line with net-zero.

The report Supply Chain Excellence for CCUS has been developed with input from sector experts from almost 50 organisations including BEIS and the Energy Industries Council (EIC).

The report concludes that expenditure on CCUS (including hydrogen and greenhouse gas removals) could reach £41bn by 2035, and with strategies to support domestic companies, the UK could develop a CCUS supply chain with a high proportion of UK jobs and local manufacturing of products and goods – delivering significant benefits to regional economies in the UK’s industrial heartlands.

The report sets out five key recommendations:
1. Clusters to work with industry and mobilise a cross-industry team to build on this report and develop supportive supply chain strategies for the CCUS industry.
2. Work with industry on the development of strategies for opportunities.
3. Clusters to inform and prepare UK supply chains on the equipment and services that will be required by the emerging CCUS sector to avoid future bottlenecks and provide visibility for the near-future opportunities.
4. Industry to develop strategies that focus on creating skilled, long-term jobs, a diverse workforce and levelling-up the regions.
5. Government to ensure effective delivery and coordination of UK supply chain activities.

Olivia Powis, head of UK Office at the CCSA, said: “Due to geographical advantages and world-leading skills and expertise, the UK has a unique opportunity to become a global leader in the development of CCUS. The next decade will be critical for CCUS deployment and by implementing the recommendations in today’s report, we have the opportunity to create a strong UK supply chain, providing significant domestic jobs and growth.”

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