Delivering Cost Effective CCS in the 2020s: supporting a carbon neutral south east
Meeting Date: 23 January 2017
Achieving 2050 CO2 emission targets and subsequently net zero emissions will be challenging without CCS. So shaping current infrastructure planning to facilitate CCS is an effective way to future-proof major investments in energy-intensive assets, including heating and power systems in cities, utility power plants, industry, transport and gas and electricity supply networks.
The SE has significant CO2 emissions from a range of sources. A shared CCS pipeline and offshore CO2 storage infrastructure for the power sector, energy intensive industry and other possible uses such as hydrogen production is feasible from the Thames Estuary area. Pipelines are the only likely option if CCS is to be deployed at significant scale in the UK (order 10 MtCO2/yr and above), but in the short term and for isolated sources CO2 shipping from and to the SE may also be an option. While the timescale for deployment depends ultimately on international policy developments planning for CCS is an essential part of a future-proofing strategy for the SE.
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