The British Geological Survey is a component organization of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which is the UK's leading body for basic, strategic and applied research and monitoring in the environmental sciences.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) was founded in 1835 and is the world’s longest established national geological survey. BGS seeks to advance the understanding of the structure, properties and processes of the solid Earth system through interdisciplinary surveys, monitoring and research for the benefit of society.
BGS is a public sector organization responsible for advising the UK government on all aspects of geosciences, as well as providing impartial geological advice to industry, academia and the public. It is the UK's premier provider of objective and authoritative geoscientific data, information and knowledge for sustainable use of natural resources, reducing risk and living with the impacts of environmental change.
BGS is a leading research organisation in the field of geological CO2 storage. We have a leading research role in a number of major EU/industry and government funded projects. In the last two years BGS have carried out more than forty (40) CO2 storage projects for the EU, industry and the UK and overseas governments, with an annual CCS budget of over £1M. Recent projects include Weyburn project; Nascent project; CO2ReMoVe project; monitoring programmes, European storage sites; site monitoring tool, IEAGHG; review of monitoring technologies for CO2 storage, UK government; reviews of Otway Basin and Gorgon CO2 storage projects, Australia; Lead Author IPCC Special Report on CO2 Capture and Guidelines for Compiling National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.
BGS has been the technical advisor for storage for the UK Government, for a full-chain, full-size CCS demonstration project. BGS has led assessments of storage capacities and capability building for the UK Near Zero Emissions China project and has also been involved in the FP6 COACH project. BGS was the coordinator of the FP7 RISCS project; has undertaken geological interpretation and modelling of onshore and offshore UK storage sites for the CASSEM project; drilling advice and expertise for the QICS controlled subsea release of CO2, participant in the UK Storage Capacity Appraisal project and technical lead for the CO2stored online database, and leader and contributor to two CCS research studies of the opportunities and development of CCS offshore Scotland funded by Scottish Government and industry consortiums and led characterisation and dry-run licence application for an offshore multi-store site for the FP7 SiteChar project.