Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is a method of tackling the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and preventing the release of this greenhouse into the atmosphere.
CCUS allows large scale energy intensive industries (such as steel production, power generation from burning fossil fuels, blue hydrogen production, chemical processing etc.) to reduce their CO2 emissions. The captured CO2 from these processes can be either stored deep below ground for safe and permanent storage or recycled and used to synthesise useful products (e.g. synthetic fuels or polymers) thus giving economic value.
Scotland’s offshore geology coupled with our existing oil and gas infrastructure provides us with an opportunity to store millions of tonnes of CO2. World-class research into CCUS is under way at ETP universities across Scotland.