Carbon Capture and Storage – A Roadmap for Scotland
On 1 May last year, the Scottish Government launched the report Opportunities for CO2 Storage around Scotland, which demonstrated the significant potential that Scotland has for the development of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). That report was produced on a partnership basis of Scottish Government, industry, research universities and others. The breadth of those partnerships reflects both the interest in CCS and our potential to be a leading player in its development.
I am pleased that many of the partners involved in the original research project, along with some new partners, have joined the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise in setting up a successor project. This is assessing storage capacity in more detail at a number of specific sites as well as considering issues around future skills requirement as well as public engagement on CCS. I look forward to the conclusions from this work emerging towards the end of the year.
At the launch of the report, we stated that the Scottish Government would publish a roadmap for CCS. The report fulfils this commitment and is a signal of our intent. It sets out a vision for CCS in Scotland and sets out the key actions and milestones for action as well as indentifying how some of the existing challenges and uncertainties around CCS might be dealt with.
This roadmap has been published jointly by the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, who now consider CCS to be an emerging priority for support. This demonstrates the economic growth opportunities that CCS offers Scotland.
This roadmap has benefitted from significant input from a range of stakeholders including the Thermal Generation and CCS Industry Advisory Board and our fellow partners in the CCS successor project. I thank those who have contributed