Scotland to spend £5m on carbon utilisation tech

Carbon dioxide will be turned into products like synthetic fuels

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Scotland has launched a new £5 million fund to develop carbon utilisation – where carbon dioxide is turned into products such as synthetic fuels and proteins for aquaculture.

The Scottish government hopes development of new technologies could cut emissions and also make use of already present greenhouse (GHG) gases.

Michael Matheson, Energy Secretary, said: “We know that, in order to deliver on our targets, we must develop and grow innovative technologies like carbon capture and utilisation, alongside carbon capture and storage.

“Promising early work around potential uses for captured carbon shows that carbon utilisation has real potential to help develop a circular economy while providing opportunities for our workforces and economic benefits for a range of different sectors.”