Building a cleaner, low carbon future

Building a cleaner, low carbon future

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The University of Nottingham hosted a delegation of key Chinese policy makers this week to encourage international collaboration for a cleaner, low carbon future.

This influential delegation visited The Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) on Tuesday 31 March 2009 as part of the UK-China Near Zero Emissions Coal project (NZEC) study tour.

Welcoming the delegation, Professor Chris Rudd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Knowledge Transfer, said: “The University of Nottingham is attacking the problems of energy supply, conversion and demand management, as well as the mitigation issues.

“Our energy programmes include a new project with Zhejiang University to burn coal in a way that facilitates convenient storage of CO2. We are involved in a new national centre with 18m of investment to pilot new ways of making bio-ethanol and bio-butanol. Energy studies are absolutely fundamental to the future of this University and we have just committed 5m to create a new Energy Technologies Centre on Jubilee Campus.”

NZEC is a joint UK-China initiative addressing the challenge of increasing energy production from coal in China and the need to tackle growing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The study tour aims to ensure China learns about Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) policy development and application in Europe.

Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Professor of Energy Technologies and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage, said: “Global CO2 emissions continue to rise at an alarming rate and the UK Climate Change Act has set us ambitious goals to reduce 80 per cent CO2 emissions by 2050. Integrated international collaborations are imperative to solve this global problem. We also need to set a clear example to developing countries about how to build a clean energy portfolio.”

CICCS is an international, interdisciplinary leading centre for research at the interface between science and engineering; inspiring and delivering innovation and technological advances required for the wider deployment of carbon capture and storage. The centre is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and also receives support from The University of Nottingham and industry.

Greenhouse gas emissions from developing nations will soon overshadow those from its Western counterparts. Combined CO2 emissions from India and China are predicted to be three times that of the United States in 2030, therefore technologies need to be implemented to encourage continued development without increased damage to our global climate. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a proven technology with the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which involves capturing CO2 at point sources and storing it in deep geological formations. This mitigation approach allows continued use of fossil fuels without damaging climate security whilst alternative energy technologies are further developed.

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