Scotland’s bid to achieve net zero emissions by 2045 hit a milestone on 27 November, with the signing of an agreement between the Scottish Government and North East Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage Alliance (NECCUS). The agreement outlines a joint commitment from both industry and government to Scotland’s decarbonisation ambitions.
NESSUS has been called upon to drive forward Scotland’s net-zero goals and apply carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCS) technology to capture carbon emitted by major industries, first across Scotland and later from the UK, and lock it up in rock formations under the North Sea. The initial phase of CCUS will begin in 2023 at the St Fergus gas terminal near Peterhead, with further Anglo-European expansion of the project expected to be ready by 2025.
During this period, the project will also seek to increase the uptake of hydrogen as an alternative to carbon intensive fuels for heat and power by extracting it from natural gas coming ashore at St Fergus. Already Aberdeen has reaped the green rewards of hydrogen-use in the form of a fleet of hydrogen buses, which only emit water vapour.
Ahead of the meeting NECCUS CEO, Mike Smith, stated: “We’ve made great progress with wind, solar and other renewable technologies over the last 10 years. But the need to decarbonise our economy is urgent so we must build on the good start the UK has made by addressing the hard to decarbonise sectors like heat, heavy industry, transport, and chemicals. The only way we can achieve that is with the deployment of CCUS.”