Carbon Capture and Storage

Strategic Context

Power generation accounts for approximately a third of the UK’s CO2 emissions or 180 million tonnes of CO2 a year.  Capturing and storing that carbon could reduce emissions from fossil fuel power stations by as much as 95%.The ETI will accelerate the implementation of CCS technology on fossil-fuel fired power stations and other major stationary CO2 sources in the UK, by demonstrating innovative technology which reduces the capital costs of capture and storage plants and reduces the energy needed by the capture and storage processes. We are also working to reduce the risks and costs of storage projects by advancing knowledge of UK storage assets, improving monitoring and efficiency of use and improving the reliability, flexibility and operability of a fully developed chain of CCS assets.

Programme Aim

  • To accelerate implementation of CCS technology on fossil-fuel fired power stations and other major stationary CO2 sources in the UK to enable capture of 200 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2030 and sustain 200 million tonnes per year through to 2050.
  • To reduce the capture & storage costs of CO2 to less than £28/MW-h by 2030 and less than £20/MW-h by 2050.
  • To reduce efficiency penalties of installing CCS technology to less than 7% by 2030 and less than 6% by 2050.
  • To increase the proven CO2 storage reserves available to the UK to >2 Gtonne by 2020 and >8 Gtonne by 2040.
For more details about the projects the ETI is involved in, click here for a copy of the ETI Brochure