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.

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 by 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

Key Facts about NZT

£450 million

An extensive assessment of the project’s construction phase estimates an annual gross benefit of up to £450 million for the Teesside region.

>1000 Mt CO2

Teesside’s location offers access to storage sites in the southern North Sea with more than a gigaton of CO2 storage capacity.


Teesside industries account for 5.6% of industrial emissions in the UK and the site is home to 5 of the UK’s top 25 CO2 emitters.


The project could create up to 5,500 direct jobs during construction.

10Mt CO2

The project is being developed to capture up to 10Mt of CO2 each year – the equivalent to the annual energy use of over 3 million homes.

12% Reduction

In the IEA Sustainable Development Scenario, CCUS accounts for 12% of the cumulative emissions reductions needed globally by 2050.


Teesside is uniquely positioned to be part of  the UK’s first decarbonised industrial cluster.


If successful, the Northern Endurance Partnership linked to NZT and ZCH will allow decarbonisation of nearly 50% of the UK’s total industrial emissions

CCUS at a glance