Carbon Capture and Storage – A Roadmap for Scotland
challenging and to make any progress towards it will require a significant increase in the scale and support for projects in the early demonstration phrase.
However, some components of CCS technology are still very much in their infancy. While there are a number of projects already happening worldwide, they are relatively small in size and none are currently based around electricity generation. The challenge is to create the appropriate financial, regulatory and policy structures to enable the development of CCS projects on the scale envisaged above.
The Scottish Government is clear in its view that we need clean thermal generation to help play its part in security of supply, reducing emissions and to allow use of natural resources, while continuing to expand and develop the renewable resources that we have.
We recognise that realising our vision will require a number of challenges and issues to be overcome, but the opportunities in this area are considerable. The Scottish Government is determined to be at the forefront of the development of CCS.
Although published by the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, this Roadmap has benefited from input from a number of organisations. This includes representations from the Scottish Carbon Capture Transport and Storage Development Study steering committee, the Thermal Generation and CCS Industry Advisory Board as well as from the presentation made at the technical dissemination conference for the Scottish CCS Joint Study in June 2009 which set out The Path to a Deployable CCS Technology in Scotland9.
This Roadmap will therefore have a key role to play as a guiding framework for the development of all aspects of CCS in Scotland, working with a range of partners from the public sector, academia and industry to drive progress in this sector.
This Roadmap sets out in the view of the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise a timeline of:
what needs to happen and by when
who is involved
what are the main drivers and milestones
the main areas where we need to see progress
transport network planning and development