At the end of January, Falkirk Council with its partners Scottish Enterprise delivered a very successful Carbon Capture & Utilisation conference at Edinburgh's Dynamic Earth. This saw over 150 delegates gathering to hear about national and local challenges related to reducing carbon emissions and to discuss opportunities of capturing, valorising and manufacturing with CO2 in Scotland.

This Interreg Northern Connections Living Lab event was organised as a key component of the Interreg Northern Connections project which seeks to increase transnational innovation and collaboration around sustainable energy projects. The project’s Scottish partners, Falkirk Council and Scottish Enterprise, brought together from across Northern Europe, the UK and Scotland, experts, businesses and academia, to discuss opportunities and challenges of the Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) industry in Scotland and critically Grangemouth.

Carbon emission challenges generated from the Grangemouth industrial complex were showcased at the event by Pete Reid, Growth & Investment Manager at Falkirk Council, where opportunities for engaging with industry to develop solutions and investment for carbon capture utilisation remain a key component of the Council’s Falkirk and Grangemouth Investment Zone bid to the Scotland and UK Governments.

Cecil Meiklejohn, Council Leader stated:

"Falkirk Council has taken a direct role in scoping this challenge to help build CCU solution opportunities at Grangemouth. This is a key area of concern as part of our declared climate emergency within the Falkirk Council area. I am delighted at the success of this Northern Connections Scottish Living Lab event, which has well as showing promising results, has profiled the significant role Grangemouth plays to our national economy and the many positive collaboration opportunities that can be developed. We look forward to Governments clarifying their commitment to support and encourage industry to reduce emissions through CCU solution investment and the key locational opportunities Grangemouth presents."

All information related to the event including presentations can be found in the Northern Connections Scottish Living Lab event website.

Check this fantastic video to view highlights of the event.