DECC appoint CCS task force chair

Government has announced the appointment of Dr Jeff Chapman to become the chair of the new Carbon Capture and Storage Cost Reduction Task Force. Announced last month in the CCS Roadmap, […]

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By Tom Gibson

Government has announced the appointment of Dr Jeff Chapman to become the chair of the new Carbon Capture and Storage Cost Reduction Task Force. Announced last month in the CCS Roadmap, the task force has been set up to help keep CCS cost competitive with other low carbon technologies by the early 2020s.

Energy Minister Charles Hendry said: “The Task Force is a key opportunity for industry to put forward their views on what we need to do next to ensure that the costs of CCS comes down, enabling the technology to compete with other low carbon options by the early 2020s.”

The Task Force will advise Government and industry on the steps needed to reduce the cost of CCS for the next wave of projects.

The man now in charge is currently the Chief Executive of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, the body which represents the UK’s CCS industry.

Dr Chapman said: “CCS will be an essential and cost-effective technology solution in the mitigation of climate change. Similar to other low-carbon technologies, CCS will incur additional costs in the early years of deployment, but with good planning and optimisation it will be possible to drive down costs in a short timeframe. The sooner we set about this task the sooner we will get on track for cost-efficient decarbonisation of power and industry.”