Arup has been awarded funding by the UK Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to demonstrate the feasibility of using carbon capture technologies within UK infrastructure projects to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
The Arup team, in collaboration with smart infrastructure solutions company, Costain, the University of Edinburgh, and Newscastle University, will investigate the application of biochar for storage of carbon within soil and enhanced rock weathering.
While both these technologies have already proved effective for direct capture of CO2 in agriculture settings, this project aims to demonstrate these technologies can be upscaled for application to UK infrastructure schemes.
The team will assess the challenges and benefits of this technology application and engage with industry stakeholders through consultation.
It will also design pilot schemes for demonstration on a live infrastructure project and identify potentially suitable sites.
Dan Raynor, associate director at Arup, said: “Our team will be focusing on two technologies known to be effective for direct carbon capture, but which have not previously been applied at scale in an infrastructure setting.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us to explore how these innovative technologies could be used globally as a sustainable application in the built environment to contribute towards carbon reduction targets.
“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding by BEIS and look forward to delivering this work together with our collaborators, Costain, the University of Edinburgh and Newcastle University.”
The Arup-led team was awarded the funding, made available from the government’s £1bn net zero innovation portfolio, through submission of a proposal to phase one of the BEIS direct air capture and other greenhouse gas removal technologies competition.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, energy minister, said: “We are determined to tackle climate change and make it a win-win for both our planet and our economy.
“Today’s major cash boost – targeted at our most polluting industries – will encourage the rapid development of the technologies we need to reign in our emissions and transition to a green economy, one that reduces costs for business, boosts investment and creates jobs.
“Just 6 months ago, the Prime Minister set out a clear 10 Point Plan for creating and supporting up to 250,000 British jobs as we level up and build back greener from the pandemic.
“Today we’re boosting our armoury for the fight against climate change and backing innovators and businesses to create green jobs right across the United Kingdom.”
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