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What is CCS?

CCS is essentially a three stage technology where CO2 is captured from large man-made CO2 emission sources, transported via a network of pipelines and stored in deep subsurface geological formations. The capture process can potentially remove 90% of the CO2 generated from fossil fuelled (coal, oil and gas) electricity generation and industrial processes (such as steel and concrete manufacture)- based on the most recent estimates of CO2 emission from fuel combustion (29 Gt in 2009) this would represent a mass of CO2 into the thousands of millions of tons. In order to prevent this large volume of CO2 reaching the atmosphere it can be injected and safely stored in depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs, non-potable saline aquifers or unmineable coal seams (see figure below). This map, produced by the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage centre, details active and proposed large scale CCS demonstration projects around the world. As well as the technical aspects of capture, transport and storage CCS involves non-technical disciplines which are vitally important to get CCS projects started and to ensure that they run smoothly. Aspects such as public perception, policy and international relations are all key to the global development of CCS.


Full Chain CCS

For further information on each area see:


  • Capture

  • Transport

  • Storage

  • Non-Technical

  • Demonstration & Deployment

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