In 2016 the UK joined a consortium of 9 European countries to co-fund collaborative innovation projects into carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) called Accelerating CCS Technologies (ACT).
ACT is a European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) Cofund, a tool established by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation. ERA-NET Cofund enables European countries to join forces when it comes to funding RD&D and innovation on subjects of high European interest. Under the scheme, European countries have provided EUR 25.34 million to support collaborative projects that can accelerate the deployment of CCUS within Europe. The European Commission added a further EUR 11.26 million, giving a total pot of EUR 36.6 million.
The first ACT Call for project proposals was published in 2016 and resulted in eight projects that were started in 2017. The second ACT Call was published 2018 and resulted in 12 new projects started 2019. The third ACT Call was published in 2020 and resulted in 10 new projects started in 2022. The fourth ACT Call was published in 2022.