Scotland improves Carbon Capture regulations

Scotland’s Regulatory Review Group, an independent business strategy body, has looked at various CCS energy schemes. The group yesterday published its annual report on how to improve the process of […]

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By Tom Gibson

Scotland’s Regulatory Review Group, an independent business strategy body, has looked at various CCS energy schemes. The group yesterday published its annual report on how to improve the process of environmental planning applications in accordance with the latest clean energy technology.

The study was developed by the Scottish government and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in order to asses their current regulatory framework and identify any shortfalls that may exist.

Enterprise Minister Jim Mather said: “By looking collaboratively at some of the issues that may arise from applications to build CCS projects in Scotland, we can ensure we are well prepared to deal with applications of this kind and reap the many benefits of successful projects. It will also ensure that environmental issues and public engagement are considered from the very beginning of any project.”

The RRG aims to work more closely with communities and more efficiently. Mr Mather added: “By getting key players together we can test run planning and regulation issues to prevent hold ups and blockages in the system and improve transparency to the public.”

Professor Russel Griggs, chairman of the RRG, said: “Our involvement in facilitating innovative regulatory exercises, bringing together regulators and other key stakeholders at an early stage, has helped deliver successful outcomes. We will continue to work to produce a regulatory environment which is fit for purpose and improves Scotland’s competitiveness.”