The Scottish Government has today published its draft Climate Change Plan, which sets out a new target of reducing Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 66% by 2032. The plan aims for a fully decarbonised electricity sector by 2032, and includes the goal of sourcing 80% of domestic heat from low-carbon heat technologies.
SCCS welcomes the Government’s continuing commitment to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology as a key part of achieving these ambitious targets. Specifically, the draft plan underlines the importance of CCS as the route to the cost-effective decarbonisation of heat, power and industry.
The government’s Energy Strategy consultation, soon to be published, will explore the potential for small-scale CCS demonstration across a range of sources, including its application within industrial processes. The consultation will also consider the scope to combine bioenergy production and CCS “with a view to maximising the benefits for the energy system as a whole including the potential for negative emissions”.
The Scottish Government has also stated its intention to influence the UK Government’s CCS strategy so that it aligns with Scotland’s energy goals, including securing a CCS demonstrator project, and retaining critical oil and gas sector infrastructure that will be essential for early projects.
The full draft Climate Change Plan can be downloaded here.