UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


CO2 Removal Hub (or CO2RE Hub)

CO2RE is a multi-centre UK research hub on greenhouse gas removal within which UCL co-ordinates the development of a multi-disciplinary GGR evaluation framework to inform sustainable scale up of GGR

Gas Works Seattle

2 May 2021

Key Facts

  • Funding bodyThe CO2RE hub is funded though the UKRI SPF Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators (GGR-D) Programme
  • Project duration: May 2021 - November 2025
  • The Team: CO2RE is a multi-centre research hub led by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford.


The UK has legislated net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Achieving this target requires dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, but it also requires deployment and scale up of greenhouse gas removal options. 

The CO2RE hub is funded though the UKRI SPF Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators (GGR-D) Programme. It conducts research, co-ordinates demonstration projects around the UK, connects to other relevant national and international programmes, and commissions grants through a flexible fund. The GGR-D Programme also funds five GGR Demonstrator projects trialling the scale up of several GGR options: afforestation, peatland restoration, enhanced rock weathering, biochar, and bioenergy crops. 

The UCL team will co-ordinate the development of an evaluation framework which allows all the GGR options to be assessed and compared on a common basis. The evaluation framework will be reflecting key aspects of GGR scalability in the UK, e.g. permanence of carbon dioxide removal, social and ecological co-benefits and trade-offs. The framework will be applied to the five Demonstrators and other GGR options trialled in the UK and abroad, e.g. bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, direct air capture.

  • To be determined
  • To be prepared

Photo credit

Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash