Scottish scientists will play a key role in an initiative that just won £7.6million worth of funding to research carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
The UK CCS Research Centre, a focal point for CCS research which brings together hundreds of UK academics, said the funding would keep it going for another five years.
The Research Councils UK Energy Programme is putting forward £6.1million and the rest of the cash comes from partner institutions.
The British Geological Survey and the Edinburgh and Strathclyde universities – which are partner institutes of Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) − will contributed to the centre’s work.
Stuart Haszeldine, SCCS director and a deputy director at the UK research centre, said yesterday: “This strategic research investment into the direct reduction of carbon emissions is welcome and essential.
“The continued support for the UK CCS Research Centre will boost efforts to improve geological carbon storage for the UK, where uniquely accessible natural assets are low in cost and high in reliability.
“Removing carbon emissions from industry, heat and transport will future-proof the UK economy against clean air taxes and will improve near-term health and long-term competitiveness.
“Carbon management is an essential component of the sustainable energy transition, which cannot be achieved by renewables alone.”
Plans to build a CCS plant in Peterhead were derailed in November 2015 when the UK Government decided to cut £1billion worth of funding for the technology.