Policy paper

Geo-engineering: the government's view

The government’s position on geo-engineering.


Geo-engineering: the government’s view

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This statement sets out the government’s view on research, development, deployment and regulation of geo-engineering, while acknowledging the priority is to tackle the root cause of climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and adapting to those impacts that are unavoidable.

In May 2018, we updated this statement in line with the Clean Growth Strategy.

Published 27 February 2013
Last updated 22 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Government position updated in line with the Industrial Strategy.
  2. Updated in light of recent developments within regulatory frameworks, and to update recommended further reading
  3. First published.