Article first published by Heriot-Watt University, 19 August 2019
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Danielle Rowley, Shadow Minister for Climate Justice and Green Jobs, was given a tour of Heriot-Watt University’s Research Centre for Carbon Solutions to see first-hand how it is working at the cutting edge of carbon reduction.
The Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) is an interdisciplinary world-leading engineering centre, inspiring and delivering innovative technologies to meet net-zero carbon targets.
Its mission is to develop a holistic view for the development of low-carbon technologies and how they will make a significant contribution to combating climate change and protecting the planet.
Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director of RCCS, said: ‘We were delighted to meet with Danielle Rowley and have the opportunity to share how we are bringing forward technologies for the UK to achieve net-zero emissions. Our partnership approach with business, public and third sectors seizes the economic opportunities to realise energy transitions in sectors difficult to decarbonise, like aviation, industry and heating/cooling.”
Danielle Rowley MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Justice and Green Jobs, said: “It was fascinating to hear about their projects [on] carbon capture, storage and utilisation; negative emissions technologies; and community energy projects. It was a privilege to meet such a talented international team, working with global partners, on world leading technologies.
“We must be clear on the central role Government must play to ensure that the right funding and policies are in place to support the vital research needed to achieve net zero. To take advantage of the huge research, development and employment opportunities, action must be taken in Scotland and across the UK.”
Earlier in the week, Ms Rowley met with Rebecca Bell, SCCS Policy and Research Officer, to discuss policy aspects of CCS, such as its role in a just transition for fossil fuel-based economies and how it can support jobs in the manufacturing industries. Following her visit to RCCS, the Shadow Minister tweeted about the importance of good policy and funding for the delivery of CCS as part of the UK's climate action.