Academic Background
Master’s in Public Policy (MPP)
Engineered greenhouse gas removal in the UK: public policy and stakeholder landscape
Case Study
John Chua

Problem Statement:

Direct carbon removal is a necessary and urgent requirement for society to combat global warming. In 2022 the IPCC wrote: “The deployment of carbon dioxide removals to counterbalance hard-to-abate emissions is unavoidable if net zero…emissions are to be achieved”. The UK in particular is a key partner in the development of direct carbon capture as it has 1/3 of the storage capacity of Europe in the North Sea and has a supportive regulatory environment. How should Climeworks, a key start up in the direct carbon capture (DAC) landscape, approach the UK market? 

Project Scope and Aim:

The scope of the project was to undertake a comprehensive literature review of the UK governmental approach to DAC, including parliamentary hearings, consultations and concurrent conferences and associated events, to build a picture of the stakeholder landscape for DAC in the UK. 

The project scope included an analysis of the key stakeholders and policy levers in the developing DAC ecosystem in the UK to indicate at what stage the UK market was for engineered GGR deployment. 

Key Recommendations:

The recommendation is that the UK is at the early stage of developing DAC with an opportunity to influence and guide the development of the industry to play an important role in the UK meeting its agreed de-carbonisation goals by 2030 & 2050. Climeworks can approach this in a number of exciting ways spanning government, academia, civil society and convening expert groups. 

Sustainable Development Goals Targeted:

SDG9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

SDG13: Climate Action