About our Project

Soils are the greatest land-based reservoir for carbon on the planet, containing three times as much carbon as do plants. Soil-atmosphere interactions exchange a third more CO2 with the atmosphere than do interactions between the ‌atmosphere and the ocean. Soil thus plays a very significant role in controlling atmospheric CO2 levels. In this context, we have an opportunity to engineer soil systems so that the amount of CO2 that they take up is maximised. This is a form of carbon abatement that is inexpensive; because it is passive (energy inputs are minimised once constructed). It is directly analogous to the use of constructed wetlands for the treatment of polluted waters. Our aim is to assess the feasibility of this process for widespread application in the UK, and to assess the associated costs and benefits.

The essence of the SUCCESS project is to determine the performance of soils to act as a carbon sink, by engineering them to absorb carbon and to convert them into a benign state. For more information on all aspects of SUCCESS,please refer to the background, objectives and work packages.