07 Dec 2010 12:12:07
Scotland to create CCS blueprint
Experts in Scotland are set to prepare a blueprint to guide the world in the adoption of carbon capture and storage technology (CCS).
The Scottish CCS Centre in Edinburgh, which is supported by both the Scottish government and Scottish European Green Energy Centre, is set to carry out the project, which will be used within a number of European ventures.
Bob Pegler, vice president for Europe at the Global CCS Institute, which commissioned the project, said: "Regulation is one area where Scotland is very advanced and from which many other regions could learn."
Energy minister Jim Mather added that the Scottish government's successful mock CCS application project, which was able to test "our own regulations, environmental information and public engagement", equipped experts in the nation well to deliver such a blueprint.
"Scotland is at the forefront of global efforts to develop CCS, with the largest offshore storage capacity in Europe in the North Sea and the UK's leading candidate for a demonstration project at Longanne," he added.
The country's government has been keen to promote its leadership within the fields of renewable energy and carbon recently, claiming its strategy for low carbon growth could create 60,000 jobs by 2020.