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Chasing carbon

BGS geoscientists discuss our latest research which is helping to provide geoscience solutions in the transition to net zero.

01/09/2021 By BGS Press
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The subsurface has a vital role to play in the decarbonisation of power, industry, transport, and the heating and cooling of buildings. Source: Canva.

Chasing carbon:  an onshore and offshore challenge

Join BGS scientists and discover how our research is providing geoscience solutions in the transition to net zero.

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The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) will be hosted in Glasgow in November 2021. The aim is clear: to reach net zero by 2050, ensuring that the amount of carbon we add to the atmosphere is no more than the amount we remove. 

Securing global net zero by mid-century is the primary goal of COP26. Through its presidency of the conference in November, the UK is urging countries and companies around the world to share its aim of delivering sustainable growth and a net zero carbon emission economy by 2050. At the heart of the technical challenge, set out in the UK Government’s Energy White Paper, is how to decarbonise power, industry, transport, and the heating and cooling of buildings.

At BGS, we believe the subsurface has a vital role to play in meeting this challenge.

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