Call for evidence on CCS ahead of UK spending review

Article by Amanda Doyle

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for carbon capture and storage has issued a call for evidence on carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) ahead of the UK Government’s spending review.

The inquiry follows the Committee on Climate Change’s recent net zero report which called CCUS “a necessity not an option”. The Government outlined its CCUS objectives in its Action Plan, published in November 2018, which included a commitment to develop the first CCUS facility by the mid-2020s. This plan was later criticised by a cross-party report from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee for vague and ambiguous policies.

An evidence session will be held in Parliament on 13 June where MPs will hear from industry experts, academics, non-governmental organisations, and unions. The APPG will then submit its recommendations to the Government outlining the action needed in the forthcoming spending review period from 2020–2023 in order to develop a CCUS facility by the mid-2020s.

Alex Cunningham MP, Chair of the APPG on CCS, said: “The issue of protecting our planet is bigger than Brexit and should be beyond party politics. That’s why I’m delighted to launch this cross party inquiry on CCUS to consider what Government action is needed to support the deployment of this crucial technology in the early 2020s.”

More information on the call for evidence can be found here.

Article by Amanda Doyle

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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