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ISSN 2753-7757 (Online)

All power to the clusters

16/3/2022

6 min read

Teesside industry in distance, set against sunset skyline backdrop Photo: Shutterstock
Carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) projects are being developed for major multi-industrial sites such as Teesside in the UK

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Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been around for a decade or more in the UK, as a concept, but project development was initially very slow indeed. However, the recent evolution of multi-organisation, yet local, capture and use projects may well change the industrial landscape. Nick Cottam has been asking questions.

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is a stark reminder that what we do to the planet matters. Where we build, how we travel, how we manufacture and, at the most extreme end of the spectrum, when and where nations choose to wage war, can all have a profound impact on the global climate. Whatever is happening in the world, the IPCC notes: ‘The rise in weather and climate extremes has led to some irreversible impacts as natural and human systems are pulled beyond their ability to adapt.’

 

So, no punches pulled there then, and a sobering sequel to all the transition discussion at International Energy Week 2022. Just like politicians trying to deal with the posturing of President Putin, the world has to adapt to head off climate change and energy remains at the heart of this challenge. 

 

The message around International Energy Week and the energy sector at large is for a realistic transition which finds new ways to fund innovation and remove carbon from all types of energy, from existing fossil to the rainbow bandwagon around different shades of hydrogen. As David Phillips of Aker Carbon Capture Norway noted: ‘We need more working examples of how to decarbonise…’ and carbon capture, you could argue is a case in point.

 

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