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Carbon capture goals ‘remarkably achievable’ says OGA boss

The chief executive of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has claimed the UK’s goals for a crucial new climate change technology are “remarkably achievable”.

Andy Samuel was speaking at the Hydrogen Festival in Aberdeen yesterday, arguing 2019 is a “key year” for carbon capture and storage (CCS).

CCS is a technology which stores emissions underground, with the UK North Sea holding “massive potential” through its depleted oil and gas fields.

A report earlier this year from Committee on Climate Change (CCC) argued that large scale deployment of CCS is “essential” for the UK to meet its goals of net zero emissions by 2050.

The OGA is consulting with industry on reusing oil and gas infrastructure and on creating new business models to hear what is needed to “facilitate getting on with CCS”.