Direct Air Capture
Direct Air Capture and Storage (DACS) is the most exciting new technology in our armoury in the race to achieve net zero. By removing CO2 emissions directly from the atmosphere, it gives us the opportunity to turn back the clock on historic emissions.
We can reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere and, in the future, even capture it before it's emitted. The IPCC, the IEA and the UK’s Net Zero Strategy have highlighted the vital importance of the technology.
We were an early adopter of DACS and are planning to develop Europe's first large scale plant exclusively devoted to the technology, as part of the Scottish Cluster in Aberdeenshire.
What does DAC have to offer?
The IEA’s Net Zero Scenario predicts that a colossal 980 million tonnes of DAC will be required to repair our climate within the next 30 years. There are many routes to removing CO₂ from our atmosphere but there are a number of specific advantages to DAC.
Unlike other forms of CO₂ removals, such as bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) which uses wood pellets as a fuel source, DAC is a fully engineered response. Our DAC plants can also be built on industrial brown field sites. This compares favourably with afforestation, which can involve planting millions of trees on valuable agricultural land. Our Aberdeen development will sit on a comparatively small footprint of 100 acres and, as a major piece of infrastructure, will provide significant highly-skilled and sustainable employment opportunities within the local communities.