Module details for Carbon capture and storage – working towards net-zero emissions


In this module you will gain an understanding of methods that could be adopted to capture and store carbon at individual or collective level. With growing concerns internationally on undeniable impacts of climate change on human beings’ life, nations have begun setting climate mitigation targets to save the planet for the future. In Scotland, we have declared a global climate emergency and the Scottish Government has set a Climate Change Bill target of net-zero emissions. Globally, similar climate change bills have been defined (e.g., COP26) to fight climate change. This module will describe the important role that carbon capture and storage can play in meeting climate change targets. A combined effort from all sectors of societies (nationally and internationally) is required and individuals with greater awareness of these issues and the viable solutions will be ideally placed to help achieve these targets. Through engaging with this module, you will develop the Intellectual and Digital Abertay Attributes. In particular: Be a problem-solver, tackling complex issues using creativity and to develop digital fluency using appropriate online platforms to interact with module content.


This module aims to discuss methods that could be adopted to capture and store carbon at individual or collective level. The module ultimately would draw on cumulative individual carbon capture and storage impact in achieving net-zero targets.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Summarise and apply concepts of carbon capture and storage

Indicative Content

1 Why carbon capture and storage?

Discussing importance of adopting carbon capture and storage for arriving at net-zero.

2 Challenges of adopting carbon capture and storage

Identifying key challenges in adopting and implementing carbon capture and storage

3 Carbon capture techniques

Discussing various carbon capture and storage techniques which could be used at small (individual) or large (collective, national) scales and their contribution to net-zero

4 Carbon reduction calculation

Reviewing simple steps which could be taken to calculate captured/stored CO2 using capture/storage techniques

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 10
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 10
Independent 30
Total 50

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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