Following our initial project briefing published in June 20211 , this policy brief is the first in a series to be published as part of the Centre for Energy Policy’s role in the Scotland’s Net Zero Infrastructure (SNZI) project. Our first research challenge is to understand how a new CCS Transport and Storage (T&S) industry servicing a Scottish regional cluster links into the Scottish and UK economies. The first question is what does the T&S supply chain look like? As a benchmark, we consider how introduction of a new T&S industry, initially servicing industrial capture in the Scottish Grangemouth cluster, might impact the wider UK economy if it shared the same supply chain structure as the existing Oil and Gas (O&G) industry. This is a useful starting point, given the role many hope that CCS can play in utilising the existing O&G industry and supply chain capacity in Scotland, but in a way that helps transition the industry away from fossil fuel extraction and distribution. However, the aim of this brief is to initiate discussions with project partners and wider stakeholder communities around what the UK T&S supply chain may actually look like, particularly in terms of the Scottish part of the industry, building up around the Acorn project. We set our initial scenarios in terms of how the key impacts of introducing a new T&S industry on the economy will differ depending on how Government decides to fund the need to guarantee demand for the output of what is likely to be initially oversized T&S capacity.
- CO2 transport and storage industry
- Net Zero infrastructure
- energy industry
- renewable energy