In July 2019, the government passed legislation to introduce a more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions target, committing the UK to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Achieving this will require the deployment of new infrastructure, including technologies to take greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and store them permanently underground.
The government asked the Commission to examine these greenhouse gas removal technologies and assess the role they could play in delivering negative emissions and the policies needed to incentivise their rollout.
On 25 November, the government published the terms of reference for the study. Alternative methods for removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, such as afforestation, peatland restoration or enhanced marine weathering, fell outside of scope.
The Commission’s research considered various direct air capture technologies and methods for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. Operating in an open and transparent manner, the Commission engaged with policy-makers, academics, infrastructure providers and other relevant bodies in undertaking its research
The final report of the study – Engineered greenhouse gas removals – was published on 29 July 2021. It recommends that the government should commit to the wide-scale deployment of new greenhouse gas removal technologies by 2030 in order to be able to meet its net zero obligations.
Engineered greenhouse gas removals
The final report of this study says the government must commit to the wide-scale deployment of new greenhouse gas removal technologies by 2030 in order to meet its climate change obligations.
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Government must get UK ahead of the game in crucial engineered removals sector
The UK government must commit to the wide-scale deployment of new greenhouse gas removal technologies by 2030 in order to meet its climate change obligations, according to a report by the National Infrastructure Commission. The report sets out how the engineered removal and storage of carbon dioxide offers the most realistic way to mitigate the final slice of emissions expected to remain by the 2040s from sources...
Call for evidence opens on potential of greenhouse gas removal infrastructure to boost UK net zero strategy
The National Infrastructure Commission is inviting businesses, policy makers, scientists, academics, thinktanks and investors to share their views on the potential of emerging technologies designed to remove harmful greenhouse gas emissions directly from the atmosphere and store them. The Commission has today launched a new call for evidence as part of its study examining how...
Greenhouse Gas Removal Technologies study: Call for evidence