Nottingham University Host Chinese Policy Makers to Help Build a Cleaner Future

The Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) at the University of Nottingham will be hosting a delegation of key Chinese policy makers to encourage international collaboration for a cleaner, low carbon future. This influential delegation of Chinese policy makers will be visiting the University of Nottingham on the 31st of March 2009 as part of NZEC’s (the UK-China Near Zero Emissions Coal project) study tour.

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. As global CO2 emissions continue to rise at an alarming rate, efficient mitigation strategies are increasingly imperative to reduce the consequences of global warming. The United Kingdom, under its Climate Change Act, has established the most ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gases, setting a target of 80% CO2 emissions reduction by 2050. However, integrated international policy mitigation targets are still required. Many developing countries are dependent upon fossil energy for continuing economic growth, and the UK needs to set a clear example to these developing countries to ensure they learn from Western practices to build a clean energy portfolio.

Greenhouse gas emissions from developing nations will soon overshadow those from its Western counterparts. EIA predictions envisage combined CO2 emissions from India and China 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.

The Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) at the University of Nottingham has been invited to participate in the NZEC study tour, and will host the delegation of key Chinese policy makers on the 31st of March. The study tour aims to ensure China learns of experiences in CCS policy development and application in Europe by visiting a number of organisations who will demonstrate their role in CCS advancement.

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. CICCS is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and also receives support from the University of Nottingham and industries. Further information can be obtained from http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ciccs

Any enquiries can be directed to Dr Ameena P. Camps, Research Fellow at the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage, or Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage.

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