Building a cleaner, low carbon future

02 Apr 2009 10:03:00.000

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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.

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“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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The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.


More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.


The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.


Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (  in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.

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