The Project – Scotland’s Net Zero Roadmap (SNZR)
The UK Government has committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and the Scottish Government aims to meet this target by 2045. To support this goal, the UK Government and Innovate UK established an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. This is supporting initiatives across six UK regions to develop roadmaps for the decarbonisation of industrial clusters. Scotland’s Net Zero Roadmap (SNZR) is one of these and received funding for initial work (Phase 1) to understand the scale of industrial CO2 emissions in Scotland and the potential options to address these.
Phase 1 took place between April and July 2020 and it has designed the approach for Phase 2, when the actual roadmap will be developed. Phase 1 partners have been; NECCUS, Optimat, Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) at the University of Edinburgh, the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde, Pale Blue Dot Energy, SGN, Costain and the Energy Systems Catapult.
The geographic scope
In 2018, greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland were the net equivalent of 41.6 million tonnes of CO2. Of these, 11.9 million tonnes of CO2 were emitted by industry. Work in Phase 1 of the Roadmap mapped these emissions and showed that around 80% lie within a corridor highlighted in blue on the map, which covers Lothian in the south, through to Grangemouth (3.8 million tonnes) in the Central Belt to St Fergus (2.3 million tonnes) in the North East of Scotland. It is these emissions that SNZR is focusing on.