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Scotland invests £10M to use carbon capture to produce aquafeed

April 14, 2022  By Nestor Arellano


The Scottish government has launched a program that will pour at least £10 million in funding to use emerging carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology to produce synthetic fuels and proteins that can be used for making aquafeed.

The CO2 Utilization Challenge Fund aims to help businesses and organizations develop and commercialize the harnessing and converting CO2 – the biggest contributor to global climate change. The fund will be administered by Scottish Enterprise and match-funded by industry. Over £10 million could be invested in the initiative over its two-year lifetime, a press release from the Scottish government said.

The aquaculture industry has been involved in projects that leverage carbon utilization technology to produce single-cell proteins that can be used as ingredients for fish feed.

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Early work around potential uses for captured CO2 shows that CO2 utilization has real potential to help develop a circular economy, according to Michael Matheson, secretary of the Scottish government’s Net Zero and Energy.

The aquaculture industry has been involved in projects that leverage carbon utilization technology to produce single-cell proteins that can be used as ingredients for fish feed.

“The Scottish government is fully committed to helping Scotland become a net zero economy,” he said. “The IPCC’s latest reports show that the impacts of climate change are even worse than previously thought and that business as usual is not an option. We know that, in order to deliver on our targets, we must develop and grow innovative technologies like carbon capture and utilization, alongside carbon capture and storage.”

“This fund will help ensure we remain at the forefront of the global effort to tackle climate change by supporting innovative Scottish companies with the ambition, capability and expertise to utilize CO2 and transform it into products with commercial value,” according to Andy McDonald, head of the Low Carbon Transition at Scottish Enterprise. “Carbon utilization technology has wide-reaching benefits for both Scotland’s low carbon economy and the environment. This fund will boost this dynamic and emerging sector by facilitating the creation of more high-value jobs while also helping Scotland reach its net zero emissions target.”


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