Scotland Opportunities for Blue Hydrogen with CO2 management

The Centre for Energy Policy at University of Strathclyde has just published a position paper  on The economic opportunity for a large scale CO2 management industry in Scotland. This work, commissioned and funded by Scottish Enterprise, identifies the opportunity for Scotland to rapidly develop of a world leading large scale CO2 management industry. It shows the use of low carbon green and blue hydrogen production at scale to support the development of net-zero industry clusters in Scotland. This new capacity to enable and service zero carbon manufacturing and industry is also fully consistent with  ambitions to deliver Scotland’s Just Transition to a zero carbon economy.

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CCC advises Scotland to set Net Zero GHG Emissions Target for 2045

The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) today released its report Net Zero: The UK's contribution to stopping global warming advising the UK, Welsh, and Scottish Governments on setting new ambitious targets for greenhouse gas emission to help stop global warming:

Based on this advice from the CCC,  the Scottish Government today announced that it is acting immediately by lodging amendments to the Climate Change Bill. These amendments would, if agreed to by the Scottish Parliament, implement the CCC’s advice by setting a target date of 2045 for net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases and increasing the levels of the 2030 and 2040 targets to 70% and 90% reductions respectively.

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Orkney to host ISCF £28.5M ReFLEX project

SHFCA member EMEC will lead the first phase of a new £28.5 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) project to create a Virtual Energy System (VES) in Orkney. The ReFLEX (Responsive Flexibility) Orkney project builds on recent projects in the Orkney Islands, including Surf ‘n’ Turf and BIGHIT. ReFLEX has been launched to digitally link distributed and intermittent renewable generation to flexible demand, and will demonstrate a first-of-its-kind Virtual Energy System (VES) interlinking local electricity, transport, and heat networks into one controllable, overarching system. It aims to create a ‘smart energy island’, demonstrating the energy system of the future, which will reduce and eventually eliminate the need for fossil fuels.

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Hydrogen for the Scottish Energy Networks in 203

The Scottish Government has set out their vision for Scotland's electricity and gas networks to 2030. The Electricity and Gas Networks Vision builds on Scotland's Energy Strategy, which was published in December 2017. The Networks Vision considers how Scotland's electricity and gas network infrastructure will continue to support the energy transition, the crucial role that Scotland's electricity and gas networks will play in the energy transition currently underway.

This new Networks Vision reinforces the key role that hydrogen could play in connecting and helping decarbonise our heat, industrial and transport systems. Hydrogen also has the potential to transform our urban, rural and island economies, and support the expansion of renewable energy.

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Aberdeen's H2 Buses Achieve 1 Million Miles

Aberdeen’s fleet of hydrogen buses has exceeded one million miles, confirming the city’s reputation as a global energy innovator. The public and private sector partnership has also created a network of infrastructure for the city, including Scotland’s first commercial scale production and refuelling stations at Kittybrewster and Cove as well as a dedicated hydrogen vehicle maintenance facility. The buses emit only water vapour, reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, as well as being quieter and smoother to run.

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Met Office predicts faster Global CO₂ rise in 2019

During 2019 Met Office climate scientists expect to see one of the largest rises in atmospheric carbon-dioxide concentration in 62 years of measurements.  This Met Office  CO₂ forecast is based on a combination of factors including rising anthropogenic emissions and a relative reduction in the uptake of carbon-dioxide by ecosystems due to tropical climate variability.

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Just Transition Commission Remit Announced

The Just Transition Commission will look at how to maximise the social and economic opportunities for Scotland offered by moving to a carbon neutral economy. It will be chaired by Professor Jim Skea, who is also the Co-Chair of Working Group III (Mitigation) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Scottish Government is committed to growing a low-carbon, inclusive economy. Scotland’s Economic Strategy sets out the ambition to create a more cohesive and resilient economy that improves the opportunities, life chances, and wellbeing of every citizen in our country, and the Climate Change Bill commits Scotland to being carbon-neutral by 2050.

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H21: Hydrogen could decarbonise 15% of UK homes by 2034

Northern Gas Networks have today released their H21 North of England report which sets out detailed plans on how hydrogen could be used as a way to deliver clean energy to millions of homes across the North of England. It outlines how over 3.7 million homes and 40,000 businesses and industries in the north of England that are heated by natural gas could be converted to hydrogen by 2034. The UK is ready to lead the way in reducing CO2 emissions with the world’s largest clean energy project, which will contribute towards reducing carbon emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. Currently, over 30% of emissions come from domestic heating and cooking.

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CCC report on Public Acceptance of H2 in the home

A new report for the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on the Public acceptability of the use of hydrogen for heating and cooking in the home by Madano and Element Energy assesses the wider acceptance of two alternative low-carbon technologies for heating the home: hydrogen heating and heat pumps. These technologies could potentially replace natural gas in many UK households as part of the government’s efforts to decrease carbon emissions in the UK. This research allows strong conclusions to be drawn around the specific factors that drive public acceptability of alternatives to natural gas. The way in which different aspects of each heating technology are framed can influence views and ultimately swing opinion.

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