QICS is a scientific research project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council of the UK, with support from the Scottish Government. Its purpose is to improve understanding of the sensitivities of the UK marine environment to a potential leak from a carbon capture and storage (CCS) system. CCS has the potential to remove a significant proportion of CO2 emissions from power generation and mitigate against the ensuing environmental and economic cost of climate change.
Within this four year project we investigated the nature and probability of leakage (which is thought to be extremely small), quantify the environmental impact potential, test methods of monitoring and design improved predictive models of impact.
This project, which commenced in June 2010, informs operational and risk assessment procedures for future CCS installations.
The project consortium consists of a range of UK research organisations, universities and risk management professionals. The project has developed collaboration with a Japanese research consortium.