A research programme is to look at new ways to counteract global warming by removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
The £8.6 million project, with cross-research council and government support, will involve around 100 researchers from 40 UK universities and partner organisations.
They will investigate how a variety of methods could be used to reduce emissions.
That includes the potential for using waste materials from mining, increasing carbon storage in agricultural soil and forests and using bioenergy crops in power stations in combination with carbon capture and storage methods.
Professor Philip Nelson, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Chief Executive and the Chair of Research Councils UK said: “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the planet. Through multidisciplinary projects such as these, the UK’s research community will play a crucial role in exploring new ways to counter the impact of global warming.
“This joint endeavour by the research councils and government underlines the UK’s commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement and will look to provide valuable insights to inform future decision making.”
Last month the EPSRC awarded £6.1 million for carbon capture and storage (CCS) research projects in the UK.