Most climate policy pathways require gigaton-scale removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) within 30-80 years to keep global warming below 2⁰C. Even with full deployment of all known low-carbon measures, some greenhouse gas emissions arising from human activities (industry, transport and agriculture) will need to be offset in order to achieve net-zero emissions. The £8.6m Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) research programme, co-supported by three Research Councils and the UK government, addresses the many uncertainties relating to the cost effectiveness, scalability, and wider environmental and societal consequences of balancing the climate equation through ‘negative emissions’. Eleven component projects (4 consortia, 7 topic-specific projects) are involved over the period 2017-2021, with a wide range of partners and collaborators.
In the first of the GGR programme’s lunchtime webinar series, Professor Simon Tett from the University of Edinburgh presented insights from the MERLiN (Metrics for Emissions Removal Limits) research project which has been assessing the limits of Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) effectiveness. GGR would be essential in a scenario in which we ‘overshoot’ a safe… Read more Assessing the limits of GGR effectiveness: webinar video
The GGR programme is launching a series of lunchtime webinars, starting on Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 1.00 pm. Each webinar will focus on one of the programme’s science components. Since the programme’s inception in 2017, its constituent projects have been researching a range of areas with the aim of advancing knowledge around GGR. These… Read more GGR programme launches lunchtime webinar series
A new UK-based Carbon Removal Network will hold its launch meeting in London on the evening of 27 February 2019. The aim of the group is to bring together professionals who are interested in or already engaged in removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Further information and free registration is available via Eventbrite. The launch… Read more New carbon removal network: London launch meeting 27 February
Increasing soil organic carbon is one of the most straightforward means of removing carbon from the atmosphere – reversing the large amounts (globally more than 100 Gt) that have been released by agriculture. Eight measures to achieve that goal were identified in a Nature article print-published on 6 December, with the paper’s authorship… Read more The many benefits of increasing soil carbon