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Taskforce urges UK action to deliver CCUS and clean growth opportunities
Taskforce urges UK action to deliver CCUS and clean growth opportunities

19th July 2018 - London

A new report to the UK Government says carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) has a key role to play in decarbonising the country and unlocking major economic, social and environmental benefits.

The report, Delivering Clean Growth: CCUS Cost Challenge Taskforce Report, makes a series of recommendations towards lowering the cost of CCUS deployment from the mid-2020s onwards.

The report responds to the UK Government’s commitments put forward in the Clean Growth Strategy to reach emission reduction targets through deployment of CCUS technology.

UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, the Rt Hon Claire Perry, says in the Report: “There is a genuine opportunity for the UK to become a global technology leader for CCUS, working internationally with industry and governments to drive down the cost of deployment.”

The report, resulting from extensive consultation between leading industry and academic experts, finds that widespread CCUS deployment will help to decarbonise the electricity, gas and industrial sectors, in addition to enabling the creation of new economies like hydrogen.

It recognises that CCUS will allow UK industries to remain competitive, retaining and creating high-value jobs at the same time as unleashing new industries and low carbon products.

It also finds that creating strategic industrial “hubs and clusters” for the first wave of CCUS projects will help drive CCUS costs down.

The report echoes recommendations given by the UK Committee on Climate Change on the pressing need to deploy CCUS at scale to achieve the 2050 targets with at least two CCUS clusters operational from the mid-2020s. It also follows a report by University College London (UCL) commissioned by the Global CCS Institute which made the case for CCS as a key part of an overall decarbonisation strategy.

In its recommendations, the Taskforce emphasises the urgency of investing in CCUS immediately given deployment timescales. This investment will give the UK the opportunity to become a global leader in this field.

The world authority on CCS, the Global CCS Institute, says the Report recognises the importance of CCUS as a unique technology in decarbonising industry and creating new energy economies.

Institute CEO and UK CCUS Council member, Brad Page, says the report represents an important step in providing clear guidance to the UK government with a defined strategic approach to CCUS development.

“The Report lays the foundation for the UK to move to a new energy economy with decarbonised heavy industry and fuels that complement renewable deployment. Early movement may also provide the UK with an opportunity to develop and market new technologies.”

The report and its recommendations will play an important role in the consolidation of the UK Government’s CCUS Deployment Pathway to be published by the end of 2018.

Later this year, the Global CCS Institute is partnering with the UK Government to host an international CCUS conference in Edinburgh (November 29).

CCUS and CCS are proven, safe technologies which have been operating successfully for more than 45 years. CCUS revenues have been instrumental to investment decisions made in China, the United States and the Middle East.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has called CCS "the only technology solution capable of delivering significant emissions reductions from the use of fossil fuels in power generation and industrial processes.”

The UK CCUS Taskforce report can be downloaded here.

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Antonios Papaspiropoulos: +61 401 944 478  antonios.papaspiropoulos@globalccsinstitute.com

Lucy Temple-Smith: +61 466 982 068  lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

Annya Schneider (Brussels): +32 25503972  annya.schneider@globalccsinstitute.com

 

About the Global CCS Institute: Our mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible by sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so that this this vital technology can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our diverse international membership consists governments, global corporations, small companies, research bodies and nongovernment organisations, committed to CCS as an integral part of a low-carbon future. We are headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with regional offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Beijing and Tokyo. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com

 

 

Paris targets are “melting away” says climate change authority
Paris targets are “melting away” says climate change authority

18th June 2018 - Japan, Tokyo

Tokyo, embargoed to 9.00am (JST), Monday June 18, 2018: A senior executive of the world authority on carbon capture and storage (CCS) says it is increasingly obvious that Paris climate change targets are “melting away” and cannot be met within the timeframe agreed by 196 signatory countries.

Speaking at the Japan Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Forum in Tokyo, the Global CCS Institute’s Jeff Erikson, said that the impending stock-take of global CO₂emissions and reduction policies taking place at COP24 in Poland this December will show that the world is way off track in meeting below 2°C temperatures by 2030.

Last year’s UN Environment Program Report* stated that national pledges may bring just one third of the reduction in emissions required by 2030.

Meanwhile, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says CO₂ concentrations have reached the highest level in 800,000 years.

 “The fact is, huge investment in fossil-fuel production continues at a frenetic pace and the world continues to heat up. As the world heats up, Paris targets melt away.

“Until the world realises that we need to apply every conceivable clean technology to this problem, it will not be solved.

“Independent, reputable analysis has repeatedly shown that CCS must be included in a broader mix of clean technologies.” 

Mr Erikson told a packed audience of representatives from government, academia, science and industry, that CCS could make up lost ground if it is more widely embraced and its deployment rapidly accelerated.

“CCS is the only clean technology able to decarbonise many industrial processes and it is now being recognised as the conduit to a new energy economy that includes hydrogen.

“This technology creates jobs, preserves communities and builds nations.”

Mr Erikson said Japan realises the opportunities that lie ahead and he pointed to Japan’s Tomakomai CCS facility and the recently launched Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC), a Japanese/Australian joint venture, as proof of CCS’s potential.

He also referenced the recent announcement by US-based NET Power which has developed a revolutionary technology with Japan’s Toshiba Corporation to produce low-cost electricity from natural gas while generating near-zero atmospheric emissions, including full CO₂ capture.

“This is a breakthrough technology and is one of the most significant developments in CCS technology to date. It makes emission-free power cost competitive with conventional power generation.”

“The tide is turning in CCS’s favour but more needs to be done.”

 

*UNEP Emissions Gap Report eighth edition (October 2017)

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Antonios Papaspiropoulos: +61 401 944 478  antonios.papaspiropoulos@globalccsinstitute.com

 

Lucy Temple-Smith: +61 466 982 068  lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

 

Annya Schneider (Brussels): +32 (0) 25503972  annya.schneider@globalccsinstitute.com

 

About the Global CCS Institute: Our mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible by sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so that this this vital technology can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our diverse international membership consists of governments, global corporations, small companies, research bodies and nongovernment organisations, committed to CCS as an integral part of a low-carbon future. We are headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with regional offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Beijing and Tokyo. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com

The Norwegian Government continues with the planning of a demonstration project for CO2 capture, transport and storage
The Norwegian Government continues with the planning of a demonstration project for CO2 capture, transport and storage

15th May 2018 - Norway, Oslo

Today, the Norwegian Government announced its revised budget and committed to continue the development of industrial CCS.  This press release has been published on Gassnova's website. Gassnova is a member of the Global CCS Institute.

 

Source:  Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

The Government proposes to fund FEED studies (Front End Engineering and Design studies) with 80 million NOK in 2018.The total funding for the demonstration project in 2018 amounts to 280 million NOK, including funds transferred from 2017. The proposed funds for 2018 will cover FEED studies of CO2 transport, storage and up to two capture facilities.       

Both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) point to CCS as a necessary option to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in line with the climate goals at the lowest possible costs.

In the years to come, the climate challenge demands a great effort, which will have to be met within a tighter scope in the budgets. Considerable resources are prioritized for climate options in the Norwegian government budgets. A decision to contribute to financing investment in and operation of a Norwegian full-chain CCS project has to be weighed against other climate measures. The Government has to choose effective measures that maximize the mitigation effect in a cost efficient manner.

The Government has appraised the demonstration project for CO2 capture and storage since 2015. In the autumn 2017, Norcem, Yara and Fortum Oslo Varme concluded concept studies on CO2 capture at their industrial sites. These concept studies have now been reviewed through the external quality assurance process for large Governmental projects. The Government is offering Norcem, a subsidiary of Heidelberg Cement, state aid to study CO2-capture at its cement plant in Brevik. Of the three CO2 capture projects evaluated, Norcem has the best conditions for a successful implementation. Norcem has demonstrated project execution abilities and relatively low cost per tonne CO2 captured compared to the other two capture projects. The cement industry is also a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.

The external quality assurance considered Fortum Oslo Varme's original project to have greater implementation risks. These are related to, inter alia, the length of the pipeline, public perception of having emissions of amines close to a city and the project management experience in the organisation. Further, cost estimates are considerably higher, compared to the other two. These are factors weighing against proposing funding for further studies at their plant. However, Fortum Oslo Varme has provided updated information, which is now being assessed by the external quality assurer. Following this assessment, the Government will consider whether to offer FOV support for FEED.

The Government does not recommend continued studies on CO2-capture at Yara's ammonia plant at Herøya in Porsgrunn. Yara's project has a smaller learning potential compared to the two others, and some uncertainties concerning the plant. Yara considers that it does not make sense industrially to continue the planning of their project.

Throughout FEED the demonstration project will mature further. Uncertainties and risks will be reduced and cost estimates will reach a higher level of certainty. Statoil, Total and Shell are cooperating on the studies of CO2-transport and storage, which will be continued as planned into FEED.  

When FEED is completed, the Government will make a new assessment of the demonstration project and propose to Stortinget to decide upon a potential investment decision. The Government's ambition is to realize a cost effective solution for CCS in Norway, provided this results in technology development internationally.

- We have reached a milestone in the Norwegian CCS demonstration project. I am very pleased to announce our continued commitment to CCS, although many issues remain to be resolved through FEED. To bring forward reasonable cost estimates and contribute to global knowledge dissemination and technology development, says Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Søviknes.

A potential investment decision will impound a large share of the budget for several years to come. Without considerable support from other sources it will be challenging to finance a demonstration project for CO2 capture and storage in Norway. It is a prerequisite that the companies involved take a share of the costs and risks in the project. Further, it will be necessary to establish a cooperation to support the project, for example with the EU.  

Both the Government and the industrial participants in the project are concerned with giving the project sufficient time in the planning phase. After the concept studies, the timeline for the project suggests that a potential investment decision may be taken in 2020/2021.

The external quality assurer considers the project to be economically unviable. The demonstration project must reach acceptable cost estimates and demonstrate a probability that other projects will follow, and benefit from the learnings of this project. Therefore, it will be of great importance that the companies involved in the project succeed with presenting a basis for the investment decision that facilitates a successful implementation of the project.

CCS centrepiece for new Australian-Japanese hydrogen supply chain
CCS centrepiece for new Australian-Japanese hydrogen supply chain

12th April 2018 - Australia

Melbourne, Thursday 12 April: The world authority on carbon capture and storage (CCS), the Global CCS Institute, says today’s launch of a Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project heralds the development of a hydrogen industry in Australia that will place CCS at the centre of a new energy economy.

This world first initiative, a joint venture between Global CCS Institute members, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), J-Power, the Australian, Japanese and Victorian governments, and HESC industry partners, will build a pilot plant to produce hydrogen from Latrobe Valley brown coal for export to Japan.

Success with the pilot plant is expected to lead to a commercial size plant, incorporating carbon capture and storage, to produce emission free hydrogen.

Speaking from the launch in the Latrobe Valley, Global CCS Institute Chief Executive Officer, Brad Page, said: “Carbon capture and storage enables hydrogen to be produced from coal or gas with zero emissions and at low commercial cost. Manufacturing hydrogen from coal requires CO2 to be separated during the production process and as such, there’s very little additional cost associated with capturing CO2 during the production process. Indeed, multiple studies have found that converting coal and gas to hydrogen and using CCS is the cheapest way to produce low emission hydrogen.

“Because the Latrobe Valley has one of the world’s largest deposits of brown coal and with excellent carbon dioxide storage options nearby in the well characterised Gippsland Basin, it makes perfect sense to locate this world leading project here. The Valley is also home to a workforce with specialized skills and energy sector knowledge to support this initiative.”

Mr Page says this initiative represents a major turning point for CCS in Australia by securing jobs, sustaining communities, and paving the way for a global hydrogen economy that combats climate change.

CCS technology is already the foundation for low emission hydrogen production facilities in Japan, China, the United States and Europe.

The Asia Pacific region is the world’s leading consumer of hydrogen representing one-third of the global demand. Large amounts of hydrogen are already used in refining, ammonia, and methanol production. The range of applications will become broader and accelerate quickly as new uses for hydrogen as a zero-emission fuel are developed. Key among these is transportation, a sector which is difficult to decarbonise.

Mr Page says a hydrogen production plant can anchor a CCS hub in the Latrobe Valley providing a sustainable low-emissions pathway for ongoing commercialisation of the valley’s vast brown coal resources. This will benefit the local community and all Australians.

“The CCS hub and cluster concept is already gaining momentum in the United Kingdom,Norway and the Netherlands where diverse industries are seeing the huge value in sharing CCS infrastructure for commercial and climate change advantage.”

“Today’s announcement is further proof that CCS has come of age and is indispensable to a low emission future.”

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Antonios Papaspiropoulos: +61 401 944 478  antonios.papaspiropoulos@globalccsinstitute.com

Lucy Temple-Smith: +61 466 982 068  lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

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US Enacts Landmark CO2 Storage Policy
US Enacts Landmark CO2 Storage Policy

12th February 2018 - Washington DC

Early Friday morning, the US Congress approved the most significant pro-carbon capture and storage (CCS) national policy in a decade, a tax credit for CO2 storage, known as 45Q for its section number in the US tax code. The new law is widely expected to stimulate the development of new CCS projects. 

The policy change culminates a six-year effort broadly supported by stakeholders in the US and members of both political parties. Institute members Great Plains Institute and the Clean Air Task Force led an advocacy coalition with strong support from Occidental Petroleum, ClearPath and Cloud Peak Energy.

Global CCS Institute CEO, Brad Page, said project developers strongly believe the 45Q program dramatically improves the future CCS financing picture. 

“We believe the intersection of better economics with the exciting technology advancements that the US Department of Energy has supported and developed will accelerate the critical deployment of CCS in North America.”

”Financial instruments have always been an essential part of getting any new clean technology deployed and this is the kind of incentive that is needed.”

While government incentives and subsidies dating back to 1992 have pushed a rapid rise in US wind and solar energy, US national support for CCS came later and with more limited application.

A CO2 storage tax credit beginning at $US10 per metric tonne was enacted only in 2009 and capped at 75 million metric tons. With that limit effectively now reached, project development in North America has stalled as developers and stakeholders awaited action by the US to reconsider policy.

The new law both extends and expands upon the original. 

Firstly, it includes no cap on storage available for the credit, providing more certainty for projects that may take years to plan and develop. 

Secondly, over time the law increases values for geological storage to US$50 per ton and for utilization such as enhanced oil recovery to US$35 per ton.

Thirdly, it lowers the eligibility threshold from 500,000 to 100,000 tonnes of CO2 stored on an annual basis. The higher level in the existing law has prevented smaller industrial projects from using the credit.

Mr Page said the Institute believes the new 45Q law can be a win on all counts.

“This is potentially a boon for business, for global CCS deployment, for energy security, and certainly for the climate.  Its sponsors in the US Congress are to be commended for their tireless work as are stakeholders and our Institute members.”

For more information, please contact:

Antonios Papaspiropoulos (Melbourne): +61 401 944 478  antonios.papaspiropoulos@globalccsinstitute.com

Lucy Temple-Smith (Melbourne): +61 466 982 068  lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

Annya Schneider (Brussels): +32 25503972  annya.schneider@globalccsinstitute.com

About the Global CCS Institute: Our mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible by sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so that this this vital technology can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our diverse international membership consists of governments, global corporations, small companies, research bodies and nongovernment organisations, committed to CCS as an integral part of a low-carbon future. We are headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with regional offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Beijing and Tokyo. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com

 

World climate change authority welcomes new European Parliament law
World climate change authority welcomes new European Parliament law

7th February 2018

Brussels, Belgium: The World authority on carbon capture and storage (CCS), the Global CCS Institute, has welcomed the European Parliament’s voting into law, measures to reduce CO2 emissions across Europe, including the establishment of a multi-billion-euro fund supporting CCS innovation and other low-carbon projects.

Global CCS Institute CEO, Brad Page, says the measures herald a great leap forward for climate action and carbon capture and storage (CCS) deployment.

“The new law begins delivery of EU pledges under the Paris Agreement and encourages low-carbon investment which is critical to Paris climate change targets being reached.”

“Climate change needs to recognise all clean technologies if targets are to be met and the establishment of the Innovation Fund will provide financial support for renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and other low-carbon innovation projects.”

More information can be found on the European Parliament website.

New UK climate change appointment to accelerate carbon capture deployment
New UK climate change appointment to accelerate carbon capture deployment

30th January 2018 - London

The Global CCS Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of its CEO, Brad Page, to the newly formed UK CCUS Council and congratulates the UK Government on its recognition of the need to support Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) to meet Paris Climate Change targets.

The Council, which met for the first time in London yesterday (Monday, 29 January), is a clear demonstration of the UK Government’s commitment to a new CCUS approach as outlined in the recently released Clean Growth Strategy (the Strategy).

Led by Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, the Rt Hon Claire Perry MP, the Council will work with a select group of industry representatives to review the progress and priorities of the Strategy in relation to CCUS. Through the CCUS Council, the UK Government will also monitor costs and deployment potential with the option of revising the CCUS deployment path to meet changing political and policy approaches.

Mr Page said he was honoured to be invited to join the Council, and he believed the Institute, as the world authority on carbon capture and storage (CCS), was well placed to use its large member influence and internal expertise to make this clean technology a central driver in reducing global CO2 emissions.

“I congratulate Minister Perry and the UK Government for their ambitious support for CCUS. It is a proven, versatile, and commercially robust climate mitigation technology which is starting to gain notoriety as the only technology capable of decarbonizing industry. At the same time, it is a catalyst for a new energy economy including hydrogen, bio-energy and CO2 re-use applications.”

“CCUS represents a new energy direction which can deliver jobs, energy security and new economies the likes of which have never been seen before. Commitment, investment and multi-party collaboration are crucial to creating this fundamental step-change.”

“I look forward to working with Minister Perry, other UK Government representatives and industry leaders on the key strategic issues that will bring CCUS to the forefront of the climate change debate.”

The Clean Growth Strategy sets out a plan for how the UK can meet legally binding targets to reduce carbon emissions by 57 per cent from 1990 levels by 2032. It identifies CCUS as a vital area of strategic importance, highlighting its potential to support decarbonisation and maximise opportunities across the whole UK economy.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) and CCUS is now commercially successful across 17 large-scale global facilities with a raft of other facilities in development.

 

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Antonios Papaspiropoulos: +61 401 944 478  antonios.papaspiropoulos@globalccsinstitute.com

Lucy Temple-Smith: +61 466 982 068  lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

Annya Schneider: +32 25503972  annya.schneider@globalccsinstitute.com

About the Global CCS Institute: Our mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible by sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so that this this vital technology can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our diverse international membership consists of governments, global corporations, small companies, research bodies and nongovernment organisations, committed to CCS as an integral part of a low-carbon future. We are headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with regional offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Beijing and Tokyo. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com

 

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