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Scotland to Help Nations Write Rules for Carbon Capture Projects
2010-12-07 00:01:00.16 GMT

Dec. 7 By Sally Bakewell
Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Scotland said it will design a
blueprint to help countries create stronger regulatory powers
for governing carbon capture and storage projects, which siphon
smokestack emissions for permanent storage.
Scotland will create a "toolkit" to help nations test
their regulations, permitting processes and public engagement
measures associated with CCS technology, enabling the technology
to spread more safely worldwide, the government said in a
When fitted to fossil fuel power stations, the technology
captures CO2 blamed for damaging the atmosphere and pumps the
gas underground.
The model would help European Union member states implement
an EU directive on CCS, Bob Pegler, Global CCS Institute vice
president for Europe, said in the statement. Directives outline
the end results member states must achieve through means they
chose themselves.
"It can also be used by any world region that is looking
for best practice regulatory models," Pegler said.
The Global CCS Institute asked Scotland to develop the
model, which would advise on regulation such as statutory
natural heritage, environmental bodies and European or
international obligations, a Scottish government spokesman said
by e-mail. The institute will promote the plan around the world.
"The toolkit is a way to help a country support its
regulatory framework in preparation for CCS," the spokesman
The Scottish government will devise the plan based on a
full-scale mock application for a CCS project it undertook to
test its own regulations, according to the statement.
With the largest offshore storage capacity in Europe in the
North Sea, the country is at the forefront in CCS development,
the government said.

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