Scotland’s Net Zero Roadmap (SNZR) project, which includes industry partners and two SCCS institutes, has won a £1.23 million share of the UK Government's £8m fund to support the decarbonisation of six major industrial areas.
The ambitious SNZR project, led by the industrial carbon capture and storage alliance, NECCUS, will analyse Scottish industrial emissions and investigate routes to decarbonising large sections of Scotland’s industry.
The UK Government fund is part of a drive to create the world’s first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040 and is the latest phase of the UK’s £170m Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge.
Projects in the West Midlands, Tees Valley, North West, Humber and South Wales have also secured funding to develop decarbonisation plans.
Leading experts from SCCS partners, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh, will work alongside nine industry partners to study 30 industrial sites which, collectively, emit around 80% of Scotland’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions.
The partners will explore routes to decarbonising emissions from energy and industrial processes, including electrification, fuel switching to clean energy vectors – such as hydrogen – carbon capture from fossil fuels, biofuels and industrial processes, and negative emissions opportunities for recapturing carbon from the air or from biomass combustion.
The SNZR team will also develop a “whole system” model across Scottish industry, which will enable coordinated carbon reduction plans and effective collaborations while identifying infrastructure needs. This is expected to yield reduced costs and effective climate action from now to 2040.
Professor Karen Turner, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde, said:
This important project paves the way for addressing the crucial challenge of reducing emissions from Scotland’s industrial sites. Scotland’s industries and the supply chains they sustain, provide a key contribution to the economy and are central to the social fabric of Scotland. By developing a robust and feasible strategy to support industry to meet Net Zero targets in Scotland, we can show real leadership and reduce the climate impact associated with industrial products and services. This is crucial for the long-term competitiveness and sustainability of these industries with the aim of ensuring they continue to contribute to a prosperous and sustainable economy and society.
Professor Stuart Haszeldine, SCCS Director at the University of Edinburgh, said:
From Shetland to Orkney and Na h-Eileanan Siar to Cairnryan and Berwick, it is clear that energy and industry in Scotland are changing rapidly. There has been a massive programme of wind power construction with even more to come, and Scotland has more demonstration projects using hydrogen than anywhere in the British Isles. This road map project augments and strengthens the ambition for Scotland to be one the world’s leading countries to maintain its industrial base and grow environmentally clean new businesses, whilst simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions to nearly zero. This will localise energy into industrial clusters and neighbourhoods, create new skilled jobs in cities and communities, re-invest in resilience and flexibility, and create new manufacturing and supply chains. The ambition is a cleaner, more prosperous, and more self-reliant Scotland, which is also an example to the world.