MEMBER NEWS: Aberdeen’s NZTC launches international net zero study to be presented at COP27

November 8, 2021
MEMBER NEWS: Aberdeen’s NZTC launches international net zero study to be presented at COP27

Courtesy of Energy Voice.

Aberdeen’s Net Zero Transition Centre (NZTC) has launched an international energy transition study which will be showcased at COP27 in 2022.

The work will identify key technology gaps and priorities to drive the energy transition in mature oil and gas basins, like the UK, to a net zero future.

Scottish Net Zero secretary Michael Matheson opened the NZTC’s “Technology Driving Transition Global Summit” at COP26 in Glasgow on Wednesday, bringing together representatives from 10 technology centres around the world including the Netherlands, US, Canada, Brazil, Australia and Scotland.

Each will contribute to the “Technology Priorities for a Net Zero Integrated Energy System: a global perspective” study.

It comes after a “Closing the Gap” report from the NZTC and Wood Mackenzie earlier this year highlighted how the energy transition “could contribute £2.5 trillion to the UK economy and create over 200,000 new jobs”.

Michael Matheson MSP said: “Scotland’s position on oil and gas is clear – our focus must now be on achieving the fastest possible just transition for the oil and gas sector – one that delivers jobs and economic benefit, and also ensures our energy security, and meets our climate obligations.

“We have a real opportunity to become a global leader in energy transition and can play a pivotal role in helping other countries decarbonise and begin their energy transition journey.”

Luca Corradi, the NZTC innovation network director, added: “Climate change doesn’t stop at borders, and neither should the effort to fight against it.

“That’s why we are collaborating with several Technology Centres around the world. To identify and address the technology innovation priorities required to fill the gaps in the journey to an affordable integrated net zero energy system.”

Read the article on the Energy Voice website here.

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Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

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Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

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