Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) has released a report welcoming the Scottish Government’s publication of its Climate Change Plan, setting out its specific policies and proposals for meeting Scotland’s climate change targets, and placing Scotland on a global leadership path.

The research group states that it is “pleased to see unequivocal recognition of the importance of carbon capture and storage (CCS) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across Scotland.”

The plan underlines that CCS is the only way to decarbonise many industries and to provide low-cost, low-carbon heat rapidly. SCCS is fully committed to helping Scottish businesses seize opportunities for CCS use.

The report continues to emphasise that Scotland is uniquely well-placed to deliver CCS: It has the offshore geology that is needed to store carbon dioxide (CO₂) securely for thousands of years, and has the expertise from the oil and gas industry to be able to develop commercial stores – a new offshore industry. The region also has the offshore infrastructure – particularly gas pipelines – which can be repurposed cost-effectively to carry CO₂. In line with SCCS’s own proposals, the government recognises that the sustainable re-use of this infrastructure is part of a Just Transition, as are the opportunities to apply skills from the oil and gas sector to new markets.

In the groups evidence on the draft climate plan to the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee, it talked about how CCS can also support the production of hydrogen (H₂) rapidly at large tonnages and at low cost – providing a carbon-free fuel, which is ideal for heating homes and businesses and powering transport. The ambitious climate plan now has much more detail on the potential role of  H₂ in reducing Scotland’s emissions, removing some of the pressure from renewable electricity in meeting the needs across the whole energy system.

Professor Stuart Haszeldine, Director of SCCS, said, “Carbon capture and storage can occur at large and small scale, nationally and locally, across the whole economy. We look forward to supporting the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan by innovating and assessing opportunities to develop demonstration and larger pilot facilities for CCS and CO₂ utilisation in a swathe of industries across Scotland.”

“SCCS will boost the Scottish Government’s ambitions to undertake just, rapid and practical climate action at accessible cost using CCS. Our expertise includes involvement in an EU-funded programme to accelerate CCS use across Europe, a key advisory role in the UK’s CCUS Cost Challenge Task Force, partnerships with business and technology, and an extensive knowledge of the CCS chain, including the necessary geology and technology and the links between policy, finance and regulation,” he concluded.