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ScottishPower joins The Climate Group in CCS knowledge partnership

29 May 2009

ScottishPower and The Climate Group have entered a unique agreement to fight climate change together by sharing knowledge about the introduction of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

A consortium led by ScottishPower is today launching the a prototype carbon capture unit as part of its plans to develop the UK's first commercial scale CCS project at its Longannet Power Station in Fife, Scotland by 2014. The unit represents the first time emissions have been captured from a working UK coal-fired power plant.

The partnership with The Climate Group - which works with businesses and governments around the world to accelerate a low carbon economy - will ensure that the intelligence ScottishPower gathers about making CCS a commercial reality, reaches developing nations such as China, India and Brazil.

ScottishPower and The Climate Group are both convinced of the urgent need to prove the viability of CCS technology, and see knowledge sharing as a vital tool in breaking down barriers to global CCS demonstration. Recognising that CCS is not just an energy issue, but a technology that can make a major contribution to reducing global {CO2} emissions, The Climate Group will work with ScottishPower to bring a vital environmental perspective to their CCS project learning, and actively share knowledge amongst its global coalition of leading business and Governments committed to working towards climate change solutions.

It is hoped the collaboration, which is thought to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world, will also provide a route map for other energy providers as they search for market-based solutions to combat climate change caused by {CO2} emissions.

Nick Horler, Chief Executive of ScottishPower, said: "We are determined to make the UK a Centre of Excellence to help accelerate the deployment of full-scale Carbon Capture and Storage. We are delighted that The Climate Group has recognised the value of our work in this area and agreed to partner with us to share and shape the vital learning we will gain as we progress our work on understanding CCS."

Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group said, "Unabated, coal has no role in a low carbon future. We need to know sooner rather than later whether CCS can be a viable large scale solution for reducing global emissions. ScottishPower understands this urgency and is at the forefront of developing practical technology solutions to meet the challenge. We are delighted that ScottishPower is joining our global business coalition and fully support its ambition to share CCS knowledge internationally."

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