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We can’t tackle climate change without CCUS

CCUS describes a group of process technologies that remove carbon dioxide emissions and store them deep underground to prevent them from being released into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes towards climate change, so removing carbon dioxide from industrial emissions is a vital part of safeguarding the future British industry.

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Meeting environmental targets

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Sustainable Development Scenario, CCUS accounts for 7% of the cumulative emissions reductions needed globally by 2040. At a global level, the IPCC has estimated the cost of limiting warming to 2°C would increase by 138% without the technology. The UK Government has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and CCUS is critical to achieving this. Without it, the target poses a real challenge to the future of British industry and jobs, as CCUS is the only way to decarbonise many industries.

  • 7% Reduction in global carbon dioxide emissions needed globally 2040
  • 138% Cost increase in limiting warming to 2°C without the use of CCUS
  • Net Zero Emissions target set by the UK Government by 2050

CCUS at a glance

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