Carbon capture and storage has essential role in Scotland

Mar 01 2018

Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage has welcomed the Scottish Government's publication of its Climate Change Plan, setting out its specific policies and proposals for meeting Scotland’s climate change targets.

SCCS said they are pleased to see unequivocal recognition of the importance of carbon capture and storage (CCS) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across Scotland. The plan underlines that CCS is the only way to decarbonise many industries and to provide low-cost, low-carbon heat rapidly. SCCS is fully committed to helping Scottish businesses seize opportunities for CCS use.

The Climate Change Plan says while CCS is not required for the delivery of the electricity generation emissions envelope out to 2032, it does represent the only viable technology capable of mitigating industrial scale CO2 emissions in some of the world’s most carbon intensive industrial processes. CCS may also help unlock the potential for large scale hydrogen production. "The near-term demonstration of small scale CCS projects, along with the development of CO2 Utilisation (CCU) applications, will be critical for the cost-effective decarbonisation of heat, power and industry," says the report.

Scotland is uniquely well-placed to deliver CCS: we have the offshore geology that is needed to store carbon dioxide (CO2) securely for thousands of years, and we have the expertise from the oil and gas industry to be able to develop commercial stores – a new offshore industry, said SCCS. We also have the offshore infrastructure – particularly gas pipelines – which can be repurposed cost-effectively to carry CO2. In line with our own proposals, the government recognises that the sustainable re-use of this infrastructure is part of a Just Transition, as are the opportunities to apply skills from the oil and gas sector to new markets.

In our evidence on the draft climate plan to the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee, we talked about how CCS can also support the production of hydrogen rapidly at large tonnages and at low cost – providing a carbon-free fuel, which is ideal for heating homes and businesses and powering transport.

The ambitious Climate Plan now has much more detail on the potential role of hydrogen in reducing Scotland’s emissions, removing some of the pressure from renewable electricity in meeting our needs across the whole energy system.

Professor Stuart Haszeldine, Director of SCCS, said, "Carbon capture and storage can occur at large and small scale, nationally and locally, across the whole economy. We look forward to supporting the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan by innovating and assessing opportunities to develop demonstration and larger pilot facilities for CCS and CO2 utilisation in a swathe of industries across Scotland. SCCS will boost the Scottish Government’s ambitions to undertake just, rapid and practical climate action at accessible cost using CCS."

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