Scottish floating wind turbine, CCS expertise presented during a trade mission to Dubai

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The Scottish Chamber of Commerce International Network is leading a trade mission to Expo Dubai, aiming to highlight innovation in clean energy and sustainability across the country.

The Chamber has launched an open call for Scottish companies to showcase their technologies and expertise during the January 2022 mission.

Having brought the world together for COP26, the group urges businesses to build on their momentum by showcasing their successes in developing green energy, as part of the Expo’s overarching theme of durability.

Featuring over 192 national pavilions, the delayed “Expo 2020” event will bring people together from around the world to connect and demonstrate innovation and cutting-edge technology. Some of the world’s most advanced technology is on display, providing an ideal platform for Scottish technical innovation.

Mission organizers highlighted Scotland’s credentials as a clean energy developer, having established the world’s first floating offshore wind farm – the 30MW Hywind project off Peterhead – and home to one of largest fleets of hydrogen buses in Europe.

They also highlighted plans to develop a 900MW gas-fired power station in Peterhead equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, which would be the first of its kind. The project aims to capture up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 each year, or 15% of the UK’s 2030 target.

Beyond these examples, Scottish Chambers of Commerce chief executive Dr Liz Cameron welcomed interest from Scottish companies working in renewables, low-carbon heat, low-carbon transport , offshore wind, blue and green hydrogen and the oil and gas transition.

Commenting on the trade mission, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson MSP, said: “We have a long heritage as pioneers in energy engineering, the development of hydroelectricity to offshore wind, tidal energy and our ambition to become a Hydrogen Nation, and COP26 was an opportunity to show our expertise and our commitment to be a world leader in the green energy transition.

“COP26 must leave a lasting legacy for the people of Scotland and across the world. Expo 2020 Dubai gives us a huge opportunity to put Scottish companies in the spotlight, highlighting their innovation and pioneering spirit in developing cleaner energy systems to ensure a greener and fairer future for us all.

The summit will be held in Abu Dhabi from January 17-19 and is aimed at companies making the transition from fossil fuels and driving the change to net zero.

The UK pavilion will also host Scotland’s “Race to Net Zero Day” on January 19.

With the support of 30 local Chambers across Scotland, Scottish Chambers will use their global links through the Chambers International Network to host meetings with carefully matched businesses from around the world.

A week of activities is organized for the delegation, as well as free time for delegates to attend the Dubai Expo and the World Future Energy Summit.

More information about the event can be found at exporthubscotland.comwhere you can also express your interest in participating.

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