Founded in 2005, Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) is a partnership of the British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde. We also work with other universities across Scotland. We are funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).


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The British Geological Survey

BGS is the world's oldest national geological survey, the United Kingdom's premier centre for earth science information and expertise and one of the Natural Environment Research Council's research centres. BGS is recognised as a European centre of excellence for the study of CO₂ storage and has a dedicated CCS team, which has, for example, contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report.


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Heriot-Watt University

Established in 1821, Heriot-Watt University is renowned for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. SCCS works primarily with two key departments, where research is under way across the full CCS chain - Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering, which has strong links with the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide, and the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS). 

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The University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading research universities. SCCS works primarily with two key departments, the School of Engineering and the School of GeoSciences in the College of Science and Engineering. There are also strong links with the University of Edinburgh Business School , particularly through international collaborations, and the Edinburgh Law School.

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The University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 and is the third oldest university in Scotland and the fifth oldest in the UK. It is ranked within the top one per cent of universities in the world. More than 200 of its academics are engaged in energy-related research, with 39 involved directly with CCS from disciplines ranging from engineering to geology, economics and law. We also have more than £25m of live grants relating to energy research. The University is in the process of developing a Centre for Energy Transition to encompass all energy-related expertise at the University.


The University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university, recognised worldwide for strong links with business and industry, its commitment to enterprise and skills development, and knowledge sharing with the private and public sectors. Research at Strathclyde is focussed on seven strategic themes. These themes tackle issues relevant to energy, climate change, sustainable development, and a changing society as we move towards net-zero across multiple disciplines, and researchers within the faculties of Engineering, Humanities & Social Science, and the Business School are delivering applied research across the spectrum of CCUS and geoenergy, as well as routes to decarbonisation more generally.


The University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is one of the top 100 of the world's universities and a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities. It ranks among the top five universities in the UK for research funding per academic and regularly in top four in the UK and the world for student experience. It welcomes students from more than 140 countries worldwide. As the home institution of such global luminaries as Lord Kelvin, James Watt, W.J.M. Rankine and Joseph Black, the University’s reputation in energy engineering is long-standing and world-renowned. Energy engineering research at the University of Glasgow today focuses principally on the efficiency of energy generation, supply, conversion, transport, distribution and storage technologies. Taking a pragmatic view of the rapidly-evolving energy sector globally and regionally – not least the ambitious ‘net zero’ emissions strategies being pioneered in Scotland – we address both development / deployment of renewables and the most responsible further uses of conventional energy resources as bridges to a sustainable future.

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