Natural Gas in UK and Scottish Energy Policy

Karen Turner, Mark Lappin

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Abstract

This paper considers the current and future role of natural gas in the UK and Scottish energy mix. The aim is to identify and highlight fundamental perspectives that must be considered in designing energy policy going forward. The paper considers the current energy mix and the role and presence of gas alongside other energy sources, both renewable and non-renewable. It then sets the discussion in the context of natural gas production in the UK before discussing the role of gas in the energy costs faced by consumers, with particular attention to the important policy concern of fuel poverty. Attention then moves to climate policy as a second key policy concern, but one where the impact of gas production and use in Scotland and the UK must be set in a global context. The paper concludes that gas must continue to play an important role in the energy mix of Scotland and the UK, with a potential continued role in the context of ‘game changers’ such as hydrogen and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The main question is then whether the gas we use should be produced at home or abroad.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2017

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Energy policy
Natural gas
Gases
Carbon capture
Hydrogen
Costs

Keywords

  • energy policy
  • Scotland
  • natural gas
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Scottish economy
  • CCS
  • renewable energies
  • gas production
  • UK

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Turner, K., & Lappin, M. (2017). Natural Gas in UK and Scottish Energy Policy. Glasgow: University of Strathclyde.
Turner, Karen ; Lappin, Mark. / Natural Gas in UK and Scottish Energy Policy. Glasgow : University of Strathclyde, 2017. 12 p.
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