How Nature Can Help Us Capture Carbon

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Published Feb 17, 2022, 2:00 AM

In The Clean Energy Revolution from National Grid, Helen Skelton talks to brilliant individuals for inspiring ideas on how we can make sure the energy we use is clean and green.

A huge part of transitioning our energy system is making sure that we stop emitting carbon dioxide and harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. But we also need to think about how we can remove it too.

This time Helen’s chatting with experts from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH) and finding out about the East Coast Cluster project – the UK’s model for decarbonising energy in our most heavily industrialised areas.

And we travel to a peat bog in South Wales to find out how this restoration project is setting a course to limit further carbon emissions and even lock it away for the future.

Dr Jeanette Whitaker from UKCEH and Bilal Ahmed from the Northern Endurance Partnership discuss the different approaches to tackling carbon in our atmosphere, from land-based natural solutions to technical and engineered approaches, even repurposing under-sea mines and aquifers for storage!

Dr Rob Low from Rigare Ltd. takes us for a squelchy walk around the Hirwaun peat bog in South Wales, to explain how this National Grid restoration project is adding biodiversity to a heavily industrialised area.

And Katharine Kerr chats to wetland scientist Annette Burden to find out how “Blue Carbon” research and restoration projects could hold the key to locking away carbon long-term.


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