The Scottish champion of industrial decarbonisation, NECCUS has announced its new appointment of renewables sector expert Ronnie Quinn as its new Chief Executive.

Quinn, who formerly held roles as Chief Executive for Crown Estate Scotland and interim CEO for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, will relinquish his current role as advisor to Norwegian Energy Partners.

He takes over from Mike Smith who, after joining the company at its inception in 2019, is credited with contributing immense growth to NECCUS.

Speaking about his new opportunity, Quinn, who will formally join in the Autumn, said, “This is a really exciting time for the sector with many opportunities as well as challenges.”

“Thanks to Mike, NECCUS has been a key player in providing the joined-up thinking that has taken us to the brink of a Carbon Capture and Storage project in Scotland, as well as enabling the use of hydrogen as an alternative to traditional energy sources.”

With carbon reduction being the name of the game within the energy industry, the UK Government-funded Scottish Net Zero Roadmap project (SNZR) is designed to look at several carbon reducing methods including electrification, fuel switching and carbon capture and storage (CCUS). Quinn’s new role will see him and NECCUS leading this project, which plans for decarbonisation of around 30 key industrial sites along the Scottish East Coast.

Alan James, Chair of NECCUS, said, “We are delighted to be able to welcome Ronnie Quinn as our new CEO.”

“The wealth of experience he brings in helping energy markets and industrial sectors to evolve and grow will be vital in supporting NECCUS get to the next stage of its development.”

Both parties expressed excitement at working with each other to help decarbonise Scotland’s industrial sector.

In addition to the decarbonisation roadmap, NECCUS and SNZR are also working with industrial partners SSE Thermal, National Grid and Pale Blue Dot to develop a Scottish Net Zero Infrastructure project (SNZI). This project intends to provide solutions to help overcome technical challenges faced by low carbon technology developers.