Back the Scottish Cluster
The UK has set a target of net zero emissions for 2050. But we won’t reach it without decarbonising industry.
The Scottish Cluster unites our communities, industries and businesses to deliver CCS, hydrogen and other low carbon technologies, supporting Scotland, the UK and Europe to meet net zero goals.The Scottish Cluster will create low carbon jobs while sustaining vital industries where it is hard to reduce emissions.
The Scottish Cluster has a clear roadmap, ready access to key infrastructure and a series of CO2 reduction projects aligned to the countries net zero goals. With the potential to address up to 9 million tonnes of CO2 that currently comes from the top emitting sectors in Scotland, the Scottish Cluster also establishes a very large CO2 transportation and storage solution. This includes shipping CO2 through Scottish Ports crucial to reducing industrial emissions from areas around the UK, and even Europe, that need access to CO2 transport and storage facilities.
We know that industrial decarbonisation is a massive challenge, but Scotland is uniquely placed to respond and support the UK’s net zero journey:
- Industry emissions must be reduced to achieve Scotland and the UK’s net zero targets. Reducing industry emissions will require widespread use of CCS technology and Hydrogen, both of which are essential for decarbonising sectors such as transport, heat, and power and for supporting the deployment of carbon removal technologies like Direct Air Capture.
- Scotland has the skilled and experienced workforce, and supply chain needed to reduce carbon emissions across adverse range of industries, while also creating and sustaining jobs across the economy.
- Scotland’s existing infrastructure can be repurposed to cost effectively and quickly enable industrial decarbonisation delivering projects by the mid-2020’s and making a real difference to our CO2 emissions.
- Developing CCS and hydrogen in Scotland will create growth, thereby sustaining existing jobs in manufacturing and industry, including oil and gas, and creating new jobs.
- Scotland has access to world class CO2 storage.As a result, Scotland can play a key role in enabling the development of the wider CCS industry in the UK, as a major CO2 transport and storage hub.
All these technologies will also need to work in tandem with energy efficiency advances, material substitution and innovations in carbon abatement technologies like direct air capture and bio-energy /energy from waste with CCS. Scotland is the obvious place to spearhead the decarbonisation of the UK’s industry. We are creating a unified voice forScotland to progress along our decarbonisation journey. The Scottish Cluster brings together industry, academia, communities, policy makers and regulators to work together to make a net zero Scotland a reality.
Why Scotland is uniquely placed:
Over 80% of the UK’s oil and gas sector by production.
The vital infrastructure needed for the Hydrogen and CCS sectors, such as existing pipelines and deep-water ports.
Many of the essential skilled workers and wider supply chain needed to make low carbon industry a reality.
The UK’s largest CO2 storage potential and one of the largest in Europe.
A unique opportunity to develop a new industry, importing carbon dioxide for storage, and exporting clean hydrogen in support of other regions of the UK and as a service to other European neighbours.
A diverse industrial sector with strengths ranging across energy, chemicals, paper, cement, beverages, waste and glass.
We now have a window of opportunity to cost-effectively decarbonise across these sectors, sustaining and creating jobs for decades to come.