MPs urge government to ‘shake off blinkers’ on carbon capture and storage

The government must move away from “vague and ambiguous targets” and give a clear policy direction on carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), according to a report published by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee today.

The report says CCUS is necessary to meet national and international climate change targets at minimal cost and argues the technology could play a significant role in supporting productivity growth outside London and the South East.

The committee noted that the UK is considered to have one of the most favourable environments globally for CCUS, but the technology has suffered “from 15 years of turbulent policy support”, including the cancellation of two major competitions in 2011 and 2015.

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