North Sea CO2 storage will support transition to low-carbon economy


We have 12 years to clean up our carbon act on a global scale or face catastrophic climate change: that was the stark warning from the IPCC in October. The following month, the UK Government reaffirmed its support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) – a tested technology that will deliver massive reductions in carbon emissions – and the Acorn CCS Project in north east Scotland secured a licence to select a suitable North Sea CO2 storage site.


Opinion: Carbon capture and storage – new year, new resolve to deliver on climate action


Looking back on where we were a year ago, 2017 has been a heartening time for carbon capture and storage (CCS). Promising noises from the UK and Scottish Governments suggest an acceptance that the climate technology is necessary for meeting greenhouse gas targets, and an acknowledgement that government support is necessary if we are to develop a home-grown industry at least cost.


Opinion: What now for Scotland’s energy?


We could be forgiven for thinking that the transition to sustainable energy has been achieved. In 2014, renewables generated 49.9% of Scotland’s electricity output, and 59.4% in 2015.  On 7 August this year, renewable power provided more electricity than Scotland needed [2] and, in the third quarter, it produced 26% of the entire UK’s needs.