Centre Mission

The aim of the UKCCSRC is to provide a national focal point for CCS research and development in order to bring together the user community and academics to analyse problems, devise and carry out world-leading research and share delivery, thus maximising impact. A key priority is to help stimulate the UK economy by driving an integrated research programme focused on increasing the contribution of CCS to a low-carbon energy system for the UK.

The UKCCSRC mission will be delivered through three key areas:

Accelerating impact Impact

Research will be linked to a number of potential pathways to impact in future stages of CCS deployment including:

  • Maximise the benefit of the DECC CCS demonstration programme, and in particular develop research in areas that can help to reduce the costs and risks of both first and subsequent CCS projects.
  • Develop a knowledge base for the rollout of CCS.
  • Prepare for deployment of CCS to meet UK and EU 2050 targets, including industrial applications, very low emissions from fossil fuels and negative emissions from biomass and other air capture with CCS.

Building leadership

The UKCCSRC transcends institutional and disciplinary boundaries and brings together visionary leaders who are able to set national and international multi-discipline and medium-timescale research agendas. The UKCCSRC mentors inspirational team leaders to act as role models on complex, long-term research programmes, and provide leadership opportunities for early- and mid-career researchers. For further information about plans in your area of interest and/or to suggest potential projects, please contact the relevant research area champion on the people page or, the UKCCSRC Secretariat at [email protected], or complete the online form on the membership page.

Balancing Capability

The UKCCSRC provides CCS researchers with the continuity, support and opportunities to foster creativity and empower delivery of the highest quality long-term research in areas where there is current or future national need. The UKCCSRC is focused on multidisciplinary research that can grow over time, enhance national capacity, and act as a focal point for international engagement. As part of shaping the capability of the UK to develop and rollout CCS the UKCCSRC will look to:

  • Actively seek support for fundamental and multidisciplinary CCS research, which can have positive economic and social outcomes, from funders and sponsors in engineering and natural sciences in collaboration with the environmental, biological, physical, chemical, economic and social sciences. These may be RCUK, government or industry.
  • Build strategic national and international research partnerships with industry and other user organisations to co-fund and co-deliver a range of R&D impacts linked to the growing opportunities for commercial deployment of CCS, in particular reducing costs, improving performance and minimising risks for future generations of CCS projects.
  • Lead on international scientific engagement in CCS, exploiting existing major links with the rest of Europe, North America, China and India, and developing interactions with other major potential CCS users in the Middle East, Africa and South America.

The UKCCSRC's Communications Strategy outlines a plan that will facilitate collaborative and coordinated work and knowledge sharing in CCS whilst raising the profile of the Centre within target audiences/communities and increasing impact.

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