Scotland’s carbon-capture chief pledges to help Scot-Govt achieve new national target to cut C02 emissions

Prof Stuart Haszeldine
Prof Stuart Haszeldine

Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage has welcomed the Scot-Govt’s new Climate Change Bill, which aims how it will cut C02 emissions by 66% by 2032.

Among other targets, the Bill also explains that carbon-capture and storage is the ‘only way to decarbonise many industries and to provide low-cost, low-carbon heat rapidly.’

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 Scot-Govt’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.

“Our expertise includes involvement in an EU-funded programme to accelerate CCS use across Europe , a key advisory role in the UK’s CCUS Cost Challenge Task Force, partnerships with business and technology, and an extensive knowledge of the CCS chain, including the necessary geology and technology and the links between policy, finance and regulation.

“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.

“We also have the offshore infrastructure – particularly gas pipelines – which can be repurposed cost-effectively to carry CO2.”

The plan is available online. 

2 Mar 2018

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