ETP Emporium: Delivering Net Zero for Scotland

13:00 - 14:0

Webinar: Delivering Net Zero for Scotland

Industrial decarbonisation is an essential part of efforts to achieve the UK’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Scotland has set itself the even more ambitious target of 2045. A central part of the UK’s energy supply for the past five decades, Scotland is already well placed to deliver the changes required for an energy transition that will reduce the carbon footprint of heavy and energy intensive industries across the UK, while maintaining competitiveness and facilitating a just transition from fossil fuel dependency.

The Scotland’s Net Zero Roadmap (SNZR) and Scotland’s Net Zero Infrastructure (SNZI) projects, both match-funded under the UK’s Industrial Strategy Fund, are leveraging Scotland’s natural strengths, existing infrastructure and expertise to make this happen. Together, these projects will allow Scottish industry to understand the range of available decarbonisation options.

The waste-to-energy (WtE) sector - and its emissions - is growing in Scotland and across the UK. WtE also has significant potential to effect negative emissions, and it is one of the key sectors within the scope of the SNZR project. The NEWEST-CCUS project is an EU-funded research project assessing the scale of the European market for CCUS technologies in the waste-to-energy sector, as well as the potential for cumulative carbon dioxide (CDR) removal from the atmosphere.

This webinar will give an overview of the SNZR, SNZI and NEWEST-CCUS projects, and will highlight their significance for Scotland and the UK’s journey towards net zero. Attendees will also hear about NECCUS.

Ronnie Quinn, CEO at NECCUS. NECCUS is a membership organisation whose aim is to promote and champion decarbonisation across Scotland on behalf of its members through co-operation and collaboration. Ronnie has spent many years in electricity markets and offshore renewables and has held positions as Managing Director of Scottish Electricity Settlements Ltd, Chief Executive of Crown Estate Scotland and Interim Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. Ronnie has a degree in law and currently sits on the Board of City of Glasgow College.

Alan James, Chief Technology Officer of Storegga and previously Managing Director of its subsidiary Pale Blue Dot Energy.  The business is focussed fully on development of Net Zero Infrastructure including CCS, Hydrogen and Direct Air Capture.  Storegga is the Lead Developer for the UK Acorn CCS and Hydrogen Projects. Alan is a geologist and reservoir engineer by background with a long career in the petroleum industry until he moved into the low carbon sector in 2007.

Dr Mathieu Lucquiaud, Reader in Clean Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage at the University of Edinburgh. ETP theme coordinator for Carbon Capture and Storage. Principal Investigator on NEWEST-CCUS project.

This webinar is part of the Energy Innovation Emporium 2021 series from the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) and Research Innovation Scotland that seeks to inform the global energy community how Scottish R&I can help deliver carbon emission reduction targets, especially around the Paris Agreement's Nationally Determined Contributions.