The Scottish Government has been told to clarify “where they got their numbers from” on the role that carbon capture and storage will play in the country’s path to net-zero emissions. In its updated Climate Change Plan, published last year, the Scottish Government claimed that 10 million tonnes (MT) of carbon dioxide (CO2) could be captured and stored by the Acorn Project in the north east of Scotland by 2030. The Acorn Project aims to use existing oil and gas infrastructure to transport and store large quantities of CO2 under the North Sea. If 10MT were captured and stored by Acorn this would equate to almost a quarter of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, a huge boost to Scotland’s net-zero ambitions. The term net-zero refers to a position in which the carbon emissions that a country or company puts into the atmosphere are balanced by those being removed, including by technologies like carbon capture and storage (CCS). But the Acorn Project’s own estimates predict that only 5 to 6MT of CO2 will be transported and stored by 2030. Critics say discrepancies in this “crucial area” could undermine confidence in Holyrood’s climate change plan.
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