Why Industrial CCS


Energy-intensive industries produce approximately 20% of global emissions. CO2 emissions are relatively concentrated at large industrial sites, compared to emissions from domestic heating, cooking, and road, rail and ship transport.

CCS is a proven technology that can capture, transport and permanently store up to 90% of the CO₂ emissions produced by industrial facilities, preventing them from entering the atmosphere.  It is a key technology for tackling climate change in an affordable way, delivering economic growth and regional prosperity.

CCS is the only viable technology able to reduce industrial CO₂ emissions. It is already operating successfully at industrial sites in the US, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. The skills and experience already exist to safely deliver CCS in the UK.


To put the potential benefits in context:

  • According to the International Energy Agency, industry (steel, iron, cement, refineries and chemicals) accounts for 20% of global CO₂ emissions.
  • A report by the Parliamentary Advisory Group on CCS, led by Lord Oxburgh, asserts that CCS on energy-intensive industries represents some of the cheapest available carbon abatement in the UK economy, and underscores the need for it to be front and centre in the Government’s emerging CCS policy.
  • The Committee on Climate Change has recommended widespread deployment of CCS in the UK from the second half of the 2020s. By filling a five million tonne capacity pipe, Teesside would meet 100% of the Committee’s target for Industrial CCS by 2030.

To learn more about CCS, visit the Carbon Capture & Storage Association (CSSA) website at www.ccsassociation.org.