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Carbon Capture and Storage – A Roadmap for Scotland

Section 3 - Our ambitions

Our vision for CCS in Scotland is as follows:

For Scotland to become a leader in the demonstration and deployment of CCS technology, utilising the advantages and strengths that Scotland possesses and ensuring that the experience and knowledge gained as a result can be shared to the benefit of Scottish-based firms, academics and others. Specifically we want to see a number of CCS demonstration projects being developed in Scotland alongside the development of ancillary and support services for CCS and an appreciable share of the global CCS business.

Underlying this ambition, we have the following key objectives:

The Scottish Government wants Scotland to be at the forefront of the development and deployment of CCS technologies at a global level by further developing the CCS as a sector of key economic importance, based on the development and diversification of existing engineering and other skills developed in sectors such as oil and gas exploration and power generation.

Scotland seeks to gain this position through delivering successful demonstration projects in carbon storage, and by securing funding for at least one, and ideally two, of the 8 CCS demonstration plants sought by the European Commission.

CCS to be available as a low carbon deployment option for electricity generation and possibly other sectors in advance of 2020, allowing for the decarbonisation of electricity generation by 2030, while contributing to both security of supply and utilisation of resources.

To continue to develop the synergy and partnership approach for CCS between government, industry, academia and others.

We want Scottish-based companies and researchers to be in a leading position to benefit from the multi-billion pound worldwide market for CCS deployment in power generation and industry.  There are already many examples of Scottish based organisations making significant progress in CCS. We want to build on that.

We want the North Sea to be seen as Europe’s principal CO2 storage hub – working in partnership with our neighbouring European governments – bringing new investment and a long term future for our offshore industries


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