What can be done to help the development of a UK CCS industry?

This article considers the regulatory regime for carbon capture and storage projects (“CCS projects”) in the United Kingdom (UK). At present the lack of a stable, long-term regulatory and incentive policy framework for CCS projects acts as a barrier to investment. This is compounded by the cumbersome and fragmented approval process. This article explores the current regime and approval process, which requires developers to seek approval for seabed access, electricity generation, marine works and pipelines, coast protection works and onshore works.

The existing regulatory regimes that apply to the development of carbon capture and storage (“CCS”) projects in the UK were not prepared with CCS projects in mind. CCS development opportunities are increasing but there are questions as to whether existing licensing regimes are capable of regulating this emerging area. The pace is gathering in the UK for the development of a CCS demonstration project to validate that CCS can be carried out technically and commercially, but uncertainty remains about the limitations of the existing regulatory framework and what is required to support the future development of CCS technologies in a safe and environmentally sound manner. This article looks at how a UK CCS project would be approved under the current regime. There are a number of amendments proposed to the existing regime, some with CCS specifically in mind, and this article also considers what effect they will have. This article looks at the delivery of CCS projects from a legal practitioner’s perspective drawing from experience with other offshore developments, particularly wind farms.



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