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Carbon Capture and Storage – A Roadmap for Scotland

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The research project launched by the First Minister on 1 May 20095 showed the significant potential for CCS in Scotland to attract maximum economic investment by creating development opportunities for both global based and local businesses. The research brought together a number of leading scientists, engineers and technologists from a range of disciplines and organisations to address the potential for, and challenges associated with, carbon capture and storage in Scotland. This project underpins other ongoing work being undertaken by a wide range of Scottish industrial sectors and academia. See Annex A for a list of project consortium members.  

A second phase, the Scottish CCTS Development Study, is currently assessing the potential storage capacity of the North Sea for carbon in more detail as well as progressing work on issues around skills and public acceptance.  Many of the partners involved in the initial study have remained involved in this successor project while we have also welcomed new partners on board.

The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise will  continue to support Scottish-based CCS UK demonstrator applicants through engagement with key stakeholders including the UK Government and European Commission

Through the Scottish European Green Energy Centre (SEGEC), we will continue to engage with European Commission and partner countries in supporting policy development and securing project funding for Scottish CCS projects.  SEGEC has already promoted Scotland’s CCS expertise through membership of the European Commission’s Berlin Forum on Sustainable Fossil Fuels, and has assisted a number of potential CCS projects in Scotland. The future objective is to obtain the maximum level of CCS activity in Scotland and ensure that Scotland is seen as an internationally credible location for the development of CCS.

We will work with the UK Government on the details of the forthcoming levy on electricity supply to help facilitate four CCS demonstration projects across the UK, including the ongoing UK CCS competition.

As well as focusing on larger demonstration projects, we want to help create an environment within which activity separate but complementary to larger demonstration projects are encouraged. These, for example,

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