There isn't a single example of a CCS project anywhere in the world that offers a financial justification for investing in CCS. There is no flow of finance into the CCS sector because there is no business case.
CCS projects are prohibitively expensive compared to other greenhouse gas emissions mitigation options, such as renewable energy and energy storage technologies.
It is arguable that CCS is little more than a helpful marketing message. In the absence of a carbon price, CCS will never provide a return on investment.
The Australian Government proposes to broaden the scope of its Climate Solutions Fund to include the ability to invest in carbon capture, use and storage (CCS or CCUS) projects.
This expansion of scope is essential if CCS projects are to be undertaken as CCS projects:
There isn’t one example of a CCS project anywhere in the world that offers a financial justification for investing in CCS.
In the absence of a carbon price, CCS will never provide a return on investment.
European oil companies—in particular, Equinor, Shell and Total—are investing in CCS, notwithstanding the lack of return, because it is an important part of their decarbonisation narrative and supports their aims to be seen as “responsible” energy companies.
The Australian Labor Party’s recent statement that it remains “open to CCS” but insists that CCS must not be funded by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) nor the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), makes sense. These bodies are intended to facilitate the increased flow of finance into the commercialisation and deployment of Australian based renewable energy, energy efficiency and low carbon technologies.” With CCS, there is no flow of finance into the CCS sector because there is no business case. With a carbon price, this might change: the market could then decide how much to invest in CCS projects.
Despite the Minerals Council of Australia’s recent hollow statement about the Paris Agreement in its “Climate Action Plan”, decarbonisation of electricity, electrification of mining, and the use of green hydrogen in minerals processing will be the contributions its’ members make to combating increasing emissions, rather than the limited benefits afforded by CCS.
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