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UCG Independent Review

Independent review into Underground Coal Gasification

On 08 October 2015, the Scottish Government put in place a moratorium on UCG so that evidence on this technology could be gathered and considered.

Professor Campbell Gemmell, Professor of Environment Research, Policy, Regulation and Governance at the University of Glasgow, was asked to undertake an independent examination of UCG.


The purpose of the independent review was to conduct an:

independent and evidenced examination of the issues and evidence surrounding Underground Coal Gasification, drawing on published sources of information, expert input and community views to help the Scottish Government formulate future policies or actions.

The specific objectives of the review were to:

  • develop a robust, well-researched summary of potential UCG reserves in Scotland and their potential to contribute to Scottish industry and as a source of energy;

  • prepare a well-developed and evidenced description of potential environmental, health and regulatory issues associated with UCG;

  • advise on whether the technology exists to allow for safe extraction and/or on specific gaps and actions.

The report of the Independent Review on Underground Coal Gasification was published on 06 October 2016 and can be accessed here.