In line with carbon net zero objectives, there has been a shift in the extractive industry sector away from fossil fuels. With this comes the need to decommission or potentially repurpose old workings, as outlined in UK Offshore Energies Association 2021 decommissioning insight report. BGS is well placed to provide baseline data and information about how climate change may affect associated risks, for example subsidence or groundwater contamination.
With the switch from fossil fuels comes new opportunities. For example, demand for elements used in battery production is rapidly increasing and, with new sources of lithium being found in the UK, BGS can support the industry with baseline geochemical, geophysical and borehole data.