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Carbon Capture and Storage Cost Reduction Task Force appoints supremo

Press Ref: 2012/055 Energy Minister Charles Hendry today announced that Dr Jeff Chapman has accepted the position of Chair of the new Carbon…

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Press Ref: 2012/055

Energy Minister Charles Hendry today announced that Dr Jeff Chapman has accepted the position of Chair of the new Carbon Capture and Storage Cost Reduction Task Force.

As announced in the CCS Roadmap last month, the Task Force is being set up to help tackle the challenge of ensuring that CCS is cost competitive with other low carbon technologies by the early 2020s.

Dr Chapman is Chief Executive of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, the body which represents the UK’s CCS industry. He said:

“I am delighted and honoured to accept the position of Chair for the CCS Cost Reduction Task Force. 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.”

The objective of the Task Force is to advise Government and industry on the steps needed to reduce the cost of CCS for the next wave of projects after the Government’s CCS Commercialisation Programme. The Task Force will play an invaluable role setting out a vision for the next phase of development for CCS and securing industry agreement to the shared actions that Government and industry must take. The Task Force will produce a final report in early 2013.

Energy Minister Charles Hendry said:

“It is essential that the Task Force has strong leadership and the confidence of the CCS industry and so I am delighted that Dr Chapman has accepted the role of Chair. The Task Force will play a vital role in enabling Government and industry to deliver cost competitive CCS.

“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. I look forward to receiving the Task Force’s report early next year.”

Notes for editors

  1. Last month the Government launched a new competition for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and published the first UK CCS Roadmap. For more information read the press notice.
  2. Jeff Chapman, is one of the world’s leading spokespersons on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). Jeff established the Carbon Capture and Storage Association in 2006 , which has grown from 11 founder members to include a broad spectrum of 80 organisations today. Under Jeff’s leadership the CCSA has earned recognition from the UK Government and European Union.

Jeff currently sits on various Committees, Steering Groups and Advisory Boards in the UK, Europe and internationally to advise on necessary CCS research and policy to build a sustainable future. In recognition of his services to the CCS sector, Jeff has recently been awarded an honorary professorship at Nottingham University.

Published 1 May 2012