Recently, the fossil fuel divestment movement has appeared frequently in the public domain. It has grown significantly since its introduction as a radical student-driven campaign. With the support of established organisations and institutions, fossil fuel divestment has grown into a mainstream movement that is demanding the attention and response of individuals, institutions, investment houses, companies and governments across the globe.
The UK is committed to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a key part of its carbon reduction efforts. There has been a long history of early stage CCS projects in the UK, but converting these into operational projects has proved a challenge.
Hydrogen produced from surplus renewable power, or gasification of coal/biomass with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), can be injected into the gas grid and used as a major energy store to support the decarbonisation and distribution of energy supplies. The approach could be the biggest single step in enabling the low carbon energy transformation. The concept is already being tested in Germany, but in many countries the approach is barely recognised.