Media Release: New report – 13,000 new Scottish jobs from storing carbon: WWF Scotland comment

COMMENTING on a new report released today (Mon 14 March) by a consortium of Scottish Government, industry and researchers, which suggests that 13,000 new Scottish jobs could be created by 2020 from deploying Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology in Scotland [1], Dr Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland said:

“CCS is an important bridging technology in reducing climate change emissions, on the way to a 100 per cent renewable energy future. This report confirms that Scotland is a great place to make this new technology work. We have the skills and the right connections to the North Sea storage sites, and Carbon Capture could sustain and create many skilled jobs here.

“Along with renewables and energy efficiency, CCS should be a major part of Scotland’s energy policy going forward.

“WWF believes that the proposed retrofit of CCS at Longannet and Peterhead power stations are important projects that would reduce current emissions and should proceed. The proposal for a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston makes no sense at all since it would capture only a small fraction of its emissions, increase Scotland’s overall emissions and damage local wildlife sites.”


Notes to Editors

[1] BBC Scotland report on CCS http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-12712913

[2] The consortium report is available at www.sccs.org.uk/progress-to-co2-storage-scotland

[3] Power of Scotland Secured


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