The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has emphasised the need to invest in and deploy carbon capture and negative emissions technology at scale in order to reach UK’s target of carbon neutrality by 2050. The CCC’s Net Zero report also identified that at least one of the UK’s CCUS regional clusters should involve substantial production of low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 to stay ‘on track’ for net zero.
Zero Carbon Humber plans to capture carbon dioxide at scale from industry around the estuary via pipelines that transport the emissions to permanent storage in naturally occurring aquifers under the southern North Sea.
The capture technology is already under development at Drax Power Station’s pioneering bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot, which could be scaled up to create the world’s first carbon negative power station in the 2020s. Similarly, Equinor has been operating CCS projects since the 1990s.