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Carbon Capture and Storage – A Roadmap for Scotland

Section 2 – Where Scotland stands on CCS

Scotland is well placed to take a leading role in the development and commercialisation of CCS. We have the knowledge and expertise in our universities and industry, the infrastructure in the North Sea, and the strong leadership in government necessary to make this happen.

The Scottish Government was the largest single contributor to the Scottish CCS Joint Study10 which was launched by the First Minister on 1 May 2009. This report highlighted the offshore potential of the North Sea Scottish sector to store emissions for next 200 years (see Annex C for a summary of its findings).  The broad base of partner organisations, covering a wide range of sectors, is a sign of the potential of Scotland in terms of CCS also that through working together, progress can be made in this emerging but potentially hugely significant technology.

Scotland can already demonstrate other significant progress in relation to CCS:

One of the Scottish Government ten Energy pledges, launched in February 2009 is to support the development and implementation of clean fossil technologies in Scotland, through collaboration with academia, industry and other interested parties.

The Scottish Government is working closely with the EU and UK government to press for Scotland to receive its fair share of funding streams and packages that are available.

Through our recently launched Energy Advisory Boards and supporting Industry Advisory Groups, including one on thermal generation and CCS, it is already a key sector for discussion. These groups provide a platform for discussion between the public sector agencies and industry to determine priorities and assess where support needs to be targeted.

We are working with the UK government and others such as the Crown Estate, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage and Health and Safety Executive to introduce the regulatory and policy framework for the regulation of CCS projects, including carbon storage offshore.

Although we remain disappointed by the decision of the UK government in 2007 not to provide the necessary support for the proposed CCS project at Peterhead, which would have provided both Scotland and the UK with

10  http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/sccs/regional-study/CO2-JointStudy-Full.pdf

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