New Royal Society policy briefing – “Locked away – geological carbon storage”

The UKCCSRC’s Stuart Haszeldine, Stuart Gilfillan, Julia Race and David Reiner have recently taken part in a Royal Society working group exploring the options for geological carbon dioxide (CO2) storage, with the aim of permanently removing CO2 from the atmosphere, and an emphasis on injecting CO2 offshore into either deep saline aquifers or depleted oil and gas fields.

Whilst a significant decrease in fossil fuel usage is necessary to achieve the reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming to 1.5°C or less, there will be some industries which will struggle to decarbonise by 2050 targets. The deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be vital to capture emissions from residual point sources and for CO2 removal from the atmosphere, to be stored underground.

The report looks at:

  • the geological storage system
  • existing carbon storage projects and experience
  • surface infrastructure for storage
  • monitoring and assurance
  • new approaches: carbon storage through reactions with rocks
  • scaling up
  • policy

Read the full report here

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