Why we won’t reach net zero without carbon removals

The UK can’t yet totally decarbonise all industries. So, to achieve net zero by 2050, we’ll need to remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere.

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Why do we need carbon removals?

While many industries in the UK can reduce carbon emissions, it’s currently impossible to reduce to zero the country’s emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). For example, airlines, steel and freight are all essential to global supply chains, but have no clear route to decarbonise by 2050. This is why we refer to it as “net zero”.

To compensate for these remaining emissions and reach net zero, we need to actively remove GHGs from the atmosphere and store them safely for a long time.

The need for carbon removal is more urgent than ever given the limited time we have left to avoid dangerous climate change.

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