'Anger' over carbon capture and storage delays

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Scientists involved in carbon capture and storage (CCS) are said to be "angry and depressed" at the UK government's slow progress on the issue.

A UK-wide £1bn competition to design and build commercial CCS systems has been beset with problems and delays.

A leading Scottish expert in the field, Prof Stuart Haszeldine, has claimed urgent progress is needed as part of the fight against global warming.

The UK government said it remains committed to CCS.

It is understood a decision on the next stage of the competition is likely to be made at the turn of the year.

Coal and gas-fired power stations provide much of the world's electricity, but they also produce huge amounts of greenhouse gas such as CO2, which contribute towards global warming.

Fossil fuels

CCS systems could prevent those gases being pumped into the atmosphere.

It involves trapping the gases at a power station, moving it down pipes and then storing it deep underground, in this case under the North Sea, where in theory it will not enter the atmosphere

But no announcement has yet been made by the government on who has won the competition for the massive contracts which are on offer to take CCS onto a commercial level.

Prof Haszeldine, of Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, told BBC Scotland much more needed to be done by UK ministers.

He added: "We know the global change is getting faster rather than slower as we continue to burn fossil fuels. We know scientifically we are half way through our allocated amount of fossil fuel until climate change becomes unstoppable.

"What we are asking is that we get on and do something about it, that we stop talking and start doing.

"People who are working on the pure science are depressed that their message is not being heard adequately and the people who are trying to do something practical working with industry are getting quite angry that they are being ignored as well.

"Continually, governments just kick the can down the road in the UK and in Europe".

Test systems

Prof Haszeldine called on the Treasury and the UK Department of Energy to take much bolder steps to speed up their timetables.

He said as well as tackling global warming, there was the potential for CCS to create thousands of jobs to replace the ones which will be lost as North Sea oil and gas runs down.

Much of the technology involved in CCS is not particularly new, with different parts of the process having been used for years in the oil and chemical sectors

But there are no projects that use all of these different stages together on a commercial scale at a power station, although the UK does currently have two test systems operating - one at Peterhead in Aberdeenshire and the other at the Drax power station in North Yorkshire.

UK Energy Minister Greg Barker said he understood why there was impatience to go "faster and further".

He added: "When we came into power we unfortunately had to pretty much start again in terms of CCS, but we now have a really strong competition with players wanting to come in and be part of a CCS future here in Great Britain, and I hope we will have more news on that very shortly."

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    HMS Gannet SAR 177 based at Prestwick

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    The Bannockburn with snowy banks

    Stephen (@StivMcLellan) took this shot in Inverclyde.


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    Inverness airport

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    Their 16ft boat, the Water Rail, sank while being towed back to Montrose by the local lifeboat Their 16ft boat, the Water Rail, sank while being towed back to Montrose by the local lifeboat

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    Garden scene
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    Dog John & Rauour Mountain Rescue Team praised rescue dog Rauour who's sensitive nose helped locate the missing woman

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    The woman, who was unconscious, was located around ten metres off a forest track, as weather conditions started to worsen.

    11:28: Oil task force Evening Express

    Some of the world's biggest oil firms are to meet monthly in a bid to create job opportunities for workers in the North-east who have been made redundant.

    The first meeting of Scotland's Energy Jobs Taskforce, set up by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, discussed how best to safeguard jobs in the North-east oil and gas sector.

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    Snow in a garden in Inverness

    Theresa Hunter Smart(@smart_theresa): Walking to work through beautiful #strathavenpark Good morning #scotland

    Strathaven Park

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    @StirlingPol Stirling Police

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    11:14: Tennis update - C'mon Andy! BBC Sport Scotland

    Andy Murray takes the third set 6-3. Leads Berdych by two sets to one.

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    11:10: Is my school closed?

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    BBC website list of school closures

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    11:03: League Cup questions BBC Sport Scotland

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    • Why is everyone ignoring the "other" semi-final?
    • Which teams are going to get through to the final?

    Get involved in the Q&A by posting your questions to the BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page by midday.

    10:58: Carrutherstown delays Willie Johnston BBC Scotland

    There are lengthy tailbacks on the A75 around Carrutherstown.

    Slow traffic
    10:54: A92 collision: Man in hospital

    A man has been taken to hospital following a collision involving a bus and two cars on the A92 Eastbound between Lochgelly and Kirkcaldy earlier this morning.

    A92 crash

    Firefighters receieved a call just at around 07:00 and safely removed the man who was trapped in one of the cars.

    10:50: Highland school closures

    Clarification on Highland Council school closures: Highland Council say 18 schools and nurseries in its area are closed because of the weather.

    About 10 others have been closed to pupils who have travel by bus, or opened later to allow conditions to improve.

    email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 10:46: Your pictures - Snow in Scotland

    Mehran Haddadi in Robroyston, Glasgow, writes: I just woke up to the winter wonderland this morning!

    Snowy street
    10:42: Kirkwall flights BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Disruption to flights #Kirkwall Airport because of snow. Passengers should contact their airline. The runway has been closed for de-icing.

    10:39: Tennis update BBC Sport Scotland

    Andy Murray storms back in second set. Wins 6-0. Now one set all.

    Live coverage of the match here.

    10:33: Teacher numbers cause concern

    Teachers in Aberdeen are being stretched to breaking point by ongoing staff shortages, a union has warned.

    The EIS teaching union said staffing levels were now a "significant problem".

    10:26: Whose windfall? Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    I've been blogging on the uneven impact of falling oil prices.

    Fuel nozzle

    Words of wisdom here.

    10:18: Glasgow shooting attempted murder

    Police are treating a shooting incident in the Priesthill area of Glasgow at around 18:45 on Tuesday evening as attempted murder.

    A 37-year-old man was alone in a parked Ford Transit van in Neilston Avenue when he came under fire. Police say he wasn't injured but was badly shaken.

    Officers want to trace the occupants of a dark coloured car - believed to be a VW Passat - which was seen in the area of the shooting.

    The car was later found on fire near the entrance of Rouken Glen Golf Club.

    10:13: Update: 100 schools closures

    Over 70 school closures in Dumfries and Galloway and around 30 in the Highlands.

    For the latest on the situation keep an eye on the South of Scotland live page, and local council websites.

    10:08: All the latest travel updates

    For the latest on the roads visit the BBC's travel news page and keep up to date with incidents and roadworks on the motorways here.

    Around the country you can check for updates from:

    10:04: Tennis update BBC Sport Scotland

    Berdych wins first set: Murray 6-7 (6-8) Berdych

    Murray loses first set

    Follow live coverage of the match.

    09:58: Chiefs for Belladrum

    Leeds indie band Kaiser Chiefs will headline the Saturday night of this summer's Belladrum.

    Kaiser Chiefs

    Ricky Wilson, the group's leader singer, will follow fellow BBC The Voice coach Sir Tom Jones in performing at the event near Beauly.

    09:52: Barracks threat Edinburgh Evening News

    New fears have been raised about the future of Edinburgh's Redford and Dreghorn barracks as the Ministry of Defence draws up plans to sell off property in its latest round of cost-cutting.

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon sparked the concern with a speech hailing savings already made by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition at Westminster, but warning the job was "far from over".

    @RuthDavidsonMSP Ruth Davidson

    Apparently the BBC just called our press office to see if I'm ACTUALLY watching tennis. The view from my desk...

    @BBCAileenClarke Aileen Clarke

    Someone thought it too snowy for cycling in Airdrie last night#scotsnow

    09:39: Fatal house blaze victim named

    An elderly woman who died in a house fire in Dumfries and Galloway on Monday evening has been named as 89-year-old Mona Stephenson.

    She was pronounced dead at the scene of the blaze in the village of Sorbie, near Newton Stewart.

    09:36: Dumfries: A701 BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    A701 - Just north of Parkgate (that's between Dumfries and Beattock) - one driver says he has been stationary for 45 minutes - ambulance and helicopter have turned up.

    09:33: Sport live Q&A Tom English BBC Scotland Sport

    I will be answering your questions on the Scottish League Cup semi-finals today.

    BBC Sport screengrab

    Get involved in the Q&A by posting your questions to the BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page by midday.

    @GLASubwayTravel Glasgow Subway

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