2020 SCCS event
Photo: Will Robb Photography
A competitive low-carbon economy in Scotland will depend on a clear vision, new business models and a “whole energy system” approach. These were the conclusions from a gathering of business leaders, financers and scientists in Edinburgh earlier this month.

The business breakfast meeting, hosted by Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS), brought together energy sector experts to debate the route to market for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology as part of actions to tackle emissions from Scotland’s industry, power, heat supply and transport sectors.  

Delegates heard from those involved in three UK-based projects, which are developing plans for CCS as a way to provide low-carbon heat and power and “future-proof” industries, such as steel, chemicals and cement, from an increasing carbon price. One of these projects would be sited within a Scottish industry cluster, which could ultimately unlock a sizeable CO₂ storage industry serving the rest of Europe.

Following the talks, participants discussed how the UK could best regain lost ground on delivering CCS – following recent UK Government policy reversals – as part of climate action and in line with legally binding carbon targets. The organisers hope to provide opportunities for further exploring these ideas.

A summary report on the event and its conclusions can be downloaded from the Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group website, and images from the day can be viewed here.

SCCS would like to thank Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group for the opportunity to collaborate on the event, Is a low-carbon economy possible without Carbon capture and Storage?, at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on 4 November 2016.

2020 SCCSevent3
Photo: Will Robb Photography

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