A new proposal by Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) suggests that the creation of a carbon dioxide (CO2) hub could re-energise the deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the UK and Europe.

In a bid to boost CCS efforts, the SCCS have outlined how the establishment of a Scottish CO2 centre could help tackle Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions. By providing an affordable route to a CCS industry in the UK using existing infrastructure, established shipping technologies and well-characterised storage assets in the Central North Sea, the organisation is hoping to bring this topic into the spotlight.

The hub would serve as a central collection point for CO2 emissions from different sources across Europe, from where the greenhouse gas would be transported for permanent storage in rocks deep beneath the North Sea.

The proposal aims to use existing pipelines and offshore infrastructure through an already accessible industrial CCS cluster in Central Scotland. Echoing this concept, it suggests how this could develop into a new large-scale industry for the UK while helping solve Europe’s CO2 storage challenge.

Stuart Haszeldine, Professor of CCS at the University of Edinburgh and SCCS Director, said, “From a small start capturing emissions in Scotland with transport and storage based on existing assets, the system can be progressively expanded to receive CO2 from England and Europe using shipping, instead of large expensive pipes. By the early 2020s, this can achieve a key milestone in the deployment of CCS – the establishment of commercial storage operations in the North Sea – with a whole new industry following from that.”

This fresh proposition comes just one week after the devastating revelation that David Cameron axed £1bn of funding for the related CCS Competition.