Energy sector experts gave evidence to an MSP committee meeting today on the Scottish Government’s recent draft climate change plan and energy strategy. The panel, which included Professor Stuart Haszeldine, SCCS Director, responded to questions relating to the effective decarbonisation of Scotland’s energy system by 2032.
Prof Haszeldine was joined by Christine MacKenzie from SSE, Jenny Hogan of Scottish Renewables and Lindsay McQuade, ScottishPower Renewables. The panel described both the opportunities and challenges that Scotland faces in attempting to meet the low-carbon ambitions outlined in its climate change plan.
Addressing the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee, Prof Haszeldine said the issue was not just about reducing carbon emissions from electricity generation but about decarbonising the whole economy, including industry, transport and heating. He said the Scottish Parliament had “an opportunity to develop something new, not a burden” adding that “other countries have run TIMES [energy system] models and carbon capture and storage is always included”.
He also expressed concern that, if Scotland moved towards further electrification of rail and road transport and heating alongside an increased reliance on renewable energy, there could be problems in meeting demand due to intermittency of supply – something that CCS with other low-carbon actions could help to address.
The draft climate change plan and energy strategy are currently undergoing public consultation.
Watch the Commitee hearing again (Scottish Parliament TV):