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US Senate Advances Bipartisan Infrastructure Package with Significant Provisions for CCS

11th August 2021

The U.S. Senate has advanced the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act by a vote of 69-30. The package, which contains significant provisions for carbon capture and storage (CCS), is broadly viewed as an important step in long-term, meaningful climate action from this Congress.

The infrastructure package comprises $550 billion in new federal spending over five years. Notably for CCS, this includes $2.5 bn for CCS demonstration projects and $3.5 bn for four direct air capture (DAC) hubs. The package also contains the SCALE Act in its entirety, which will support the financing and construction of CO2 transport and storage infrastructure.

The bill advances shortly after the release of the Sixth Assessment Report (Working Group I) from the IPCC. The House is expected to take action on the legislation later in the year. For further information on the US policy landscape, read our recent brief on CCS-relevant legislation here.

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