A joint report by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society presents an ambitious plan for how the UK can lead the way in deploying greenhouse gas removal (GGR) technologies to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. It is the first time that a range of GGR technologies have been assessed for their real-world potential in being used together to meet climate goals in the UK over the next 30 years.
The report considers a number of GGR technologies alongside the UK’s priority to rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions. It also considers the global picture and outlines a scenario in which a portfolio of technologies can be implemented to achieve sufficient global decarbonisation by 2100 to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Three of the reports authors were invited to the SMC to answer questions on these technologies and their implications.
Prof Gideon Henderson FRS, Professor of Earth Science at the University of Oxford and chair of the report working group
Prof Corinne Le Quéré FRS, Prof Corinne Le Quere, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, and member of the report working group
Prof Nilay Shah FREng, Director of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London and member of the report working group