A new campaign has been launched to press the Scottish and UK governments to back the decarbonisation of Scottish and UK industry.
The Scottish Cluster campaign has called on Holyrood and Westminster to deliver the actions needed so that CCS, hydrogen and other low carbon technologies can enable a low-carbon economy.
The cluster brings together key stakeholders from across Scotland and key industries in the Scottish economy including whisky, transport, technology, infrastructure, chemicals, energy, real estate, manufacturing, academia, communities and the public sector creating a unified voice making the case for CCS, hydrogen and low carbon technologies in Scotland’s decarbonisation pathway.
Industry emissions must be reduced to achieve Scotland and the UK’s net zero targets.
The Scottish Cluster has a clear decarbonisation roadmap, ready access to key infrastructure and a series of CO2 reduction projects aligned to the countries’ net zero goals.
With the potential to address up to 9 million tonnes of CO2 that currently comes from the top emitting sectors in Scotland, the Scottish Cluster also establishes a very large CO2 transportation and storage solution.
This includes shipping CO2 through Scottish Ports crucial to reducing industrial emissions from areas around the UK, and even Europe, that need access to CO2 transport and storage facilities.
‘The Scottish Cluster and the ‘Back the Scottish Cluster’ campaign is a positive, forward-looking vision for the region’s roadmap to decarbonisation,’ said CEO of Storegga and lead developer of the Acorn Project, Nick Cooper.
‘It unifies the voices of Scottish industry and will look to highlight the importance of CCS, hydrogen and other low carbon technologies in Scotland to aid the country, the UK and Europe in tackling climate change and meeting net zero goals at the same time as creating and preserving jobs in industries which struggle to decarbonise totally.
‘The Acorn CCS and Hydrogen project is perfectly placed to make best use of legacy oil and gas infrastructure and Scotland’s excellent offshore geology for CO2 storage with the deep-water port of Peterhead offering significant import capabilities. Of all the UK CCS projects, Scotland is blessed with the largest, most scaleable and most advanced infrastructure.’
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