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Carbon capture should be 'priority'

Carbon capture

Creating commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology within the next 15 years should be “the highest priority” for the UK government, MPs have been told.

Public-private partnership the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) told the Energy and Climate Change Committee that failure to deploy CCS would push up the costs of meeting emissions targets.

The government has been widely criticised for the cancellation late last year of a £1bn competition designed to get CCS working on a commercial scale.

The ETI submitted written evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s inquiry into the fifth carbon budget, which the government must set this year to cover the five years to the end of 2032.

The inquiry asks for views on advice given by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on this fifth carbon budget.

“The CCC’s advice implies that the importance of CCS mainly relates to achieving the 2050 target, but our analysis also shows that it is vitally important to containing the costs and risks of the UK’s decarbonisation pathway even in the period before 2030,” said the ETI.

“In addition, the success or failure to deploy CCS has a fundamental influence on choices about long-term infrastructure and energy system architecture, so it is vital to achieve greater clarity on this before 2030. We would therefore advise the government that it should give the highest priority to promoting commercial scale deployment of CCS before 2030.”

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