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Decarbonisation underpinned by geoscience

Geoscience skills and research will play a critical role in delivering the national and international decarbonisation targets and net-zero commitments that will be centre stage at COP26

1 September 2021

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In early November, Glasgow will host the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) with the aim of accelerating global action towards the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The International Panel on Climate Change and governments around the world have highlighted the vital role of subsurface technologies and resources, such as carbon capture and storage, geothermal energy, energy storage in underground caverns to support future hydrogen economies, and compressed-air energy storage, for meeting net-zero targets. Demand for metals and materials to support the production of, for example, renewable technologies, batteries and electric vehicles, is also projected to increase substantially in the coming decades.

The Geological Society is working with the geoscience community, as well as decision makers and stakeholders outside the geosciences to understand and raise awareness of the various ways that geoscience will underpin the global decarbonisation goals. Visit our website to find out more: www.geolsoc.org.uk/COP26

Megan O’Donnell (Communications & Policy Officer) & Flo Bullough (Head of Policy and Engagement)

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