SCCS is pleased to see that the Committee on Climate Change’s 2020 progress report to the Scottish Parliament, published today, recommends continuing financial support for developing CCS in Scotland, as part of a just transition for Scotland’s manufacturing clusters and oil and gas sector.
The CCC confirm that if this year’s Climate Change Plan is to put Scotland on course for net zero emissions by 2045, CCS will be a crucial part of it. The CCC are clear that net zero needs to be a core Scottish Government objective: it cuts across all portfolios, and needs ambition and focus across the board.
In the same way, CCS reaches into almost every part of the Scottish Government, and almost every part of Scotland - helping Scotland’s industries to remain competitive in a net zero world, and retaining jobs; enabling the use of hydrogen to decarbonise heat and transport; and allowing the option of greenhouse gas removals, to allow for sectors such as farming where emissions can’t be brought to zero.
This means that CCS isn’t just a concern for the central belt, where most industry is concentrated, or Aberdeenshire, where the first UK’s CO₂ storage project is expected to be based. Deploying CCS will benefit everyone in Scotland.
Now is the time for the Scottish Government to make a clear commitment to using CCS to reach net zero emissions, with a clear statement of policy, either in the Climate Change Plan or separately.
While funding for individual CCS projects is to be welcomed, there needs to be a long-term strategy: as a first step, to join up Scotland’s emitters and its CO₂ storage sites, but then to open up a new revenue source locking away CO₂ from other countries, and to understand where and how Scotland can use hydrogen and greenhouse gas removals to best advantage.