Carbon Capture

Trees and Soil 

Contribution to ZCE Target                  6%

carbon captureWhat is working well in Edinburgh already.
Examples already working well in and around Edinburgh include:
● Lots of parks and green spaces are available round the capital to enjoy all year round:

Carbon capture and reuse: Rather than just storing the excess carbon under the ground, CO2 can also be captured and reused for different industrial applications, e.g. for food & drink processing, packaging, water treatment and paper production, chemical industry uses and liquid fuels
Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage: SCCS is the largest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) research group in the UK. with members from the University of Edinburgh’s Schools of Geosciences, Engineering, and Chemistry, Heriot-Watt University, and the British Geological Survey. The SCCS Centre comprises in excess of 75 researchers. Web:

from Leith-community- crops- in- Pots web site

What you can do.
– Help increase the tree cover by planting trees, preferably with edible fruit – either on your own land or by volunteering.
– Let your grass grow a bit longer, the idea is the roots will be longer also and trap organic matter in the soil.
– Become a member of a natural heritage conservation group, e.g. Scottish Natural Heritage or Scottish Wildlife Trust
Start an orchard just as Portobello did:
– You don’t need land, just copy Leith in Pots:
Could you plant a green roof ?

Zero Carbon Britain Contribution to ZCB Target of 650 MT CO2e 40 MT
The earth’s natural systems- the soil, plants and oceans-are hugely important in capturing carbon. They currently absorb about half of the CO2 that is pumped into the atmosphere each year. We need to increase the area of forest we have and restore peatlands. In Zero Carbon Britain this ‘carbon capture’ can absorb the same amount of carbon as the few emissions we can’t eliminate from agriculture and industry. Source:

Places to visit: Any park, Royal Botanic Gardens, Glentress Forest near Peebles

Energy crops

Contribution to ZCE Target                      3%

growing energy cropsZero Carbon Britain Contribution to ZCB Target of 650 MT CO2e: 30 MT

Examples already working well in and around Edinburgh include:
Steven’s Croft biomass power station near Lockerbie is the UK’s largest biomass power station with an electricity generation capacity of 44MW. It uses locally sourced soft wood from the South West Scotland Area.

Miscanthus energy crop plantation, ©

What you can do
Individual: Buy a commercial forest:
Community: Consider a community investment into a commercial forest.
Business: Invest in a commercial forest:

Contribution towards the total 650 MT CO2eZero Carbon Britain target: 30 MT
When a new plant is grown for each one burned there is no increase in CO2 in the atmosphere.
Plants such as willow and Miscanthus are good as they can be grown on less productive land with few inputs such as fertilizer. Even using lots of land these crops could not supply all of our energy. In Zero Carbon Britain they would be grown on land previously used for farm animals and would be used to produce a small but vital supply of carbon neutral gas and liquid fuels. Source:

Places to visit:  Steven’s Croft biomass power station, near Lockerbie