Carbon Capture and Storage – A Roadmap for Scotland
The Scottish Government is determined to ensure that we become Europe’s leader in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as the First Minister stated at the launch of the Scottish Research Report on 1 May 2009. The Scottish Government will continue to work with the UK Government, European Union, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Health & Safety Executive, Scottish Enterprise, Industry and Academics to ensure we fully capitalise on Scotland’s potential.
This roadmap sets out how we hope to achieve our objectives in this area and also provides support and information that recognises Scotland as the prime location to attract future global investment in CCS research, development and project deployment.
The Scottish Government announced 10 Energy Pledges on February 2, 20091 as part of a Greener Deal for Scotland. The actions - ranging across key areas of energy generation and transmission, energy efficiency and transport - are focused on addressing both short and longer term opportunities for Scotland to benefit from competitive advantage. They are aimed at creating new jobs, reducing emissions and saving households and businesses money, thereby contributing to economic recovery and growth and, importantly, to address climate change.
The Pledges support the key themes of the Update on the Scottish Economic Recovery Programme2, published on 15 June 2009: jobs and communities; education and skills; and innovation and industries of the future. In May 2009, the Scottish Government published a Key Sector Paper3 which showed that Scotland's energy sector is making a significant contribution to economic recovery and green jobs. In regards to Carbon Capture and Storage we have pledged (no 5) to:
“Support development and implementation of clean fossil fuel technologies in Scotland, through collaboration with academia, industry and other interested parties”.
Alongside the accelerated expansion of renewables, the electricity mix must benefit from clean fossil fuel technologies. As demonstrated by the recent study on Carbon Capture and Storage opportunity in Scotland4, Scotland can lead the