France Releases CCUS Strategy and Launches Consultation
3rd July 2023
France has released its Carbon Capture, Storage and Utilisation Strategy, as part of the government's efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The strategy notes that CCUS can have the potential to capture and store between 4-8.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year by 2030.
CCUS deployment in the country will be focused on industrial zones, such as Dunkerque, Le Havre, Fos-sur-Mer, Lacq/Sud-Ouest, Loire-Estuaire, and Grand Est. To support project developers and scale up CCUS deployment, the government will launch a call for tenders through a Contracts for Difference scheme. Under the aims outlined in the strategy, a framework for CO2 transport will be developed, and geological storage sites will undergo pilot testing from 2024-2025.
The French Government is calling on stakeholders to share their input on key items highlighted in the CCUS strategy. The consultation will be open until 29 September 2023.