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Thermal Generation & CCS

As we move towards a low carbon economy and support the Scottish Government's Climate Change Delivery Plan, we need to reduce emissions from fossil fuelled (thermal generation) power stations. As existing stations reach the end of their lifetime, all new thermal power stations must use carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. This will reduce harmful emissions and allow thermal generation to continue as an important part of our energy sector. (Source: Scottish Government’s Climate Change Delivery Plan)

All new stations must use carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. This will reduce the level of harmful emissions while continuing to use thermal generation.

Challenges and opportunities

Scotland needs a skilled labour force to support CCS and other low carbon technologies for electricity generation. There is potential for the sector to be a global leader in CCS development.

Knowledge and skills – courses, qualifications and information

This section contains information on courses and qualifications to help you bring new skills to your workforce. There are also links to industry websites in the skills directory.


These organisations can help you to address gaps in your workforce knowledge, or when you’re introducing new work processes and practices.

As new opportunities arise and people move on or retire, demand for skills and experience increases. Training workers with similar competencies in other industries is one way to plug the gap.



More employers across many industries are investing in Modern Apprentices. Younger employees bring new energy and diversity to your business, and their training means you have the right mix of skills flowing through your organisation’s talent pipeline.

These industry specific courses and qualifications cover essential skills and competencies in the thermal & CCS sector.

Keeping abreast of changes in qualifications, or employing people from the rest of the UK and Europe with different certificates, can be confusing. Visit Our Skillsforce for information on understanding qualifications