In response to the news that the plans to retrofit CCS at Longannet have been scrapped, Juliet Swann, Head of Campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

“The news that Longannet will not receive funding for CCS is a massive step backwards for the UK progressing carbon capture and storage.

“Longannet already has demonstration sized technology in place, it is close to the industrial hub at Grangemouth and to potential storage sites in the North Sea.

“If it is true that the length of the pipeline was a problem then this must bring into question the feasibility of CCS at Hunterston, which means Peterhead is the only logical choice going forward, but can that be done for £1billion?

“The UK Government failing to support the application to it’s necessary extent from the outset is not just an indication of their hypocrisy over climate change, but also shows how little interest they have in investing in Scotland.”

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Notes to Editors

1. Announcement by Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne MP:
www.decc.gov.uk

2. Friends of the Earth Scotland is * Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation * An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland * Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 77 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups – covering every continent. www.foe-scotland.org.uk