UK University Opens Carbon Footprint Research Centre Today
A research centre dedicated to reducing the planet’s carbon footprint opens today at The University of Nottingham. The center aims to have a global impact, its originators say.
The centre has been funded to the tune of £1.1m and is named the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage(CICCS).
The researchers’ output is set to steer important governmental decisions. In light of the various alarming reports that the planet’s no-going-back tipping point will be reached on many counts this century, this is welcome news. Researchers will also work with environmental pressure groups, oil producers and energy-intensive industry.
The scientists will explore technology that ‘captures’ polluting carbon dioxide and ways to store it permanently. Focal points will be CO2 and other greenhouse gases as well as conversion of CO2 into materials and fuels.
The centre will be led by Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, of the University’s School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Researchers under her will come from a range of disciplines, including engineers, mathematicians, bioscientists, geographers and geologists.