POLICY BRIEF: Exploring the impacts of the adopted carbon capture approach to the Scottish chemical industry and the wider Scottish economy

Summary

Authors:

Antonios Katris
Abdoul Karim Zanhouo
Stephen Duah Agyeman
Christian Calvillo
Hannah Corbett

Centre for Energy Policy,
University of Strathclyde

Exploring the impacts of the adopted carbon capture approach to the Scottish chemical industry and the wider Scottish economy

April 2024

Carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) is viewed as essential for the UK to achieve net zero by 2050 and the UK Government is supporting CCUS rollout in four UK industrial clusters. Carbon capture can be introduced either post-combustion (post-production more generally) or pre-combustion with a substitution towards low or zero carbon fuels, with varying capital and energy requirements, and therefore varying impacts for the adopting industries. This policy brief discusses how the Scottish chemical industries and the wider Scottish economy may be affected by introducing pre- or post-combustion carbon capture. It also considers the implications of UK-wide carbon capture adoption by chemical industries versus unilateral actions by the Scottish chemical sector, while exploring the potential effects of government subsidies aiming to ease some of the carbon capture driven price pressures.

This project was funded by IDRIC (under EPSRC award number: EP/V027050/1). The views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of IDRIC. Neither IDRIC nor EPSRC can be held responsible for them.