Carbon Capture and Storage – A Roadmap for Scotland
towards this roadmap. We will be discussing it further with the full Energy Advisory Board and the supporting industry advisory groups and will be prepared to adapt it to respond to developments, including at UK and EU level. By doing so we are ensuring that CCS is being given a high priority within government. And as this roadmap states, we will shortly be setting out how we might fund continued activity around CCS, with a focus on research and levering EU funding.
Scotland has several advantages for the development of CCS. We have significant offshore capacity; we have elements of the infrastructure required for CCS such as pipelines and we have skills in areas such as geological, engineering and the North Sea oil and gas industry which can be developed and utilised to help this industry grow and develop. This roadmap should be viewed as a template for progress which builds upon these advantages.
I welcome the publication of this roadmap. It sets out our ambitions and the key steps that need to be taken if our vision of CCS becoming both a mainstay of our future energy supply and a vital economic sector, is to be realised. We are committed to working with a range of partners, including industry, academia and the UK government and EU to ensure that Scotland can deliver on the opportunities that CCS provides.
We have already achieved a significant amount of progress in this area. But we know that more needs to be done as we move into the demonstration phase of activity. I am convinced that this roadmap will act as a useful guide to measure progress.
Jim Mather MSP
Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism