Categories: Business, Forth PortsPublished On: 23.08.2021241 words1.3 min read

Firth of Forth ‘net-zero hub’ key to achieving Scotland’s climate goals, new research suggests

Creating a major “net-zero hub” on the Firth of Forth could be key to Scotland achieving its climate goals, new research has suggested.

Charles Hammond, group chief executive at Forth Ports. Picture: Peter Devlin

The development of such hubs around the UK has proved a key plank of the country’s strategy towards achieving net zero by 2050.

Scotland, which has a 2045 net-zero target, could advance its ambitions by establishing a hub on the Firth of Forth, experts at energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie have argued.

Malcolm Forbes-Cable, vice president, consulting, said: “The Firth of Forth area is Scotland’s major industrial cluster. The area is responsible for more than 10 per cent of Scotland’s emissions but is critical to the Scottish economy.

“Establishing a net-zero hub on the Firth of Forth would complement the development of Scotland’s net-zero roadmap, and become a key element of national efforts to deliver net zero.”

The UK was the first major economy to commit to net zero, however it currently has no operational carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) capacity. Low-carbon hydrogen production is in early development, and together with renewables and CCUS, is a key pillar of the nation’s future energy system.

Scotland is seen as having a critical role to play in supporting the UK’s net zero ambitions . . . .

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