Pre-announcement: Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators Programme calls and workshop

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will shortly announce research calls and a workshop for the Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators (GGR-D) Programme. The GGR-D Programme will assess sustainable routes for large-scale greenhouse gas removal (GGR) from the atmosphere.

This is an interdisciplinary initiative funded under Wave 2 of the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF), representing an investment of £31.5 million. This programme is delivered by UKRI, involving the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and Innovate UK.

There is overwhelming scientific evidence that human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases are changing the Earth’s climate. In 2015, governments from around the world met to agree a framework that would minimise the negative consequences of climate change. The Paris Agreement sets a goal to limit global average temperature increase to ‘well below 2°C above preindustrial levels’, and to ‘pursue efforts’ to limit it to 1.5°C. It is increasingly clear that reducing emissions is not enough to meet these targets – we must also actively remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. In June this year, the UK legislated to set a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The GGR-D Programme aims to produce outputs that will contribute to UK and global efforts to achieve net-zero emissions.

GGR Demonstrators and Directorate Hub

Through this programme, there will be two main calls:

  • A call to establish GGR Demonstrator facilities to test and pilot a suite of GGR approaches at a scale that will enable a detailed understanding of the issues surrounding the implementation of the approach at a large scale.  
  • A call for a Directorate Hub, which will provide an overarching co-ordination role across the suite of inter-disciplinary programme activities, with specific focus on environmental, economic, social, cultural, ethical, legal and governance issues. The Hub will have a strong research function, working with the Demonstrators to provide underpinning research; provide capacity building and co-ordination across the programme; and actively engage with business communities.

Announcements of Opportunity for the Demonstrators and Directorate Hub will be launched in the coming weeks.

Workshop

A workshop will be held on 16th October in London to communicate more details about the research calls and the intended roles of the Demonstrators and Directorate Hub. Attendance at the workshop is not mandatory for applicants to the research calls. Further details and registration are available on the Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators workshop page.