Chris Stark, chief executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change, at the ACT Acorn final event, January 2019. Photo: Indira Mann

Chris Stark, chief executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change has urged the UK to move on from “false dawns” for carbon capture and storage (CCS) and pursue strategic projects, such as Acorn, to help address climate change.

His comments were made as part of a keynote speech at the ACT Acorn final event held in Westminster in late January, where project representatives shared results from the international research collaboration aimed at delivering a real-life CCS project.

International collaboration shows how UK’s assets can accelerate Europe’s transition to sustainable future

The groundbreaking Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project [1] has today released findings from its international joint research project [2], which show how the UK can support decarbonisation of some of Europe’s carbon-intensive regions from the early 2020s through the phased roll-out of a low-cost, low-risk North Sea CO2 transport and storage infrastructure.

In December, ERA-NET ACT reflected on the strong presence of first-phase ACT projects, including Acorn, at the GHGT-14 conference in Melbourne, Australia, two months previously.

The event, held every two years by the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Program (IEAGHG), is a global gathering of experts on carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) technologies.

Researchers from the Acorn, ALIGN-CCUS, DETECT and Pre-ACT projects provided more than 1000 delegates with a range of oral presentations, posters and other opportunities for knowledge exchange.

Alan James of Pale Blue Dot (left) with UK Energy Minister Claire Perry and Scotland's Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse at the Accelerating CCUS Conference

UK Energy Minister Claire Perry and Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse tested their carbon storage skills in a game of skittles at an international conference held in Edinburgh last week.

The “CO2 Storage Skittle Challenge” was developed by Pale Blue Dot to attract delegates at the global Accelerating CCUS conference to the Acorn CCS Project stand. Each of the nine skittles represented 10 million tonnes of CO2 stored, which competitors had to try and topple in three shots.

How time flies. Exactly one year ago, the ACT Acorn team were in Peterhead for our project kick-off meeting, forming connections and planning the work ahead.