The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced on Tuesday 1 May that Jeff Chapman is to become chair of the new Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Cost Reduction Task Force. The government believes that CCS technology will allow coal fired generators to continue to operate and help to meet the UK carbon targets. DECC confirmed the task force would be established in last month's CCS Road-map to help ensure CCS is cost competitive with other low-carbon technologies by the early 2020s. The task force's objective is to provide advice to industry and the government on steps to take on driving down the costs under the £1bn CCS Commercialisation Programme. Chapman, who is also chief executive of the CCS Association, said while CCS "will incur additional costs in the early years of deployment" it will be possible to lower costs "with good planning and optimisation".