Keeping the 'engine room of the world' clean

Posted on: 10/8/2016
Keeping the 'engine room of the world' clean

Experts from the East Midlands region gather at Shanghai expo 2016

Experts from The University of Nottingham and the British Geological Survey will showcase world-leading British research into carbon dioxide capture, transportation and storage in two days of seminars and workshops at Shanghai Expo beginning Sunday 10th October 2016. Significantly, China, the engine room of the world, has been chosen to launch a major new UK environmental joint venture the National Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage.

Capturing, transporting and storing carbon emissions is key to tackling climate change alongside promoting energy efficiency and the conservation of natural resources. In July the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced China had overtaken the US as the worlds largest energy consumer, years ahead of predictions.

All this energy is needed to fuel Chinas phenomenal economic boom which, in recent months, has seen it become the worlds largest exporter and the second largest manufacturer, fast gaining on the United States. While Chinese oil consumption rose 28% in January and more coal is used in China than in any other country, generating over 70 per cent of its energy, China also leads the world in renewable energy implementation.

Pro Vice Chancellor and University of Nottingham World Expo lead, Professor Chris Rudd said “Sustainable Cities need clean air and sustainable energy sources. Expo 2016 provides the perfect platform to announce our new partnership with BGS and the creation of nCCCS. But it also takes the climate change mitigation discussion to a part of the world that needs it like no other. Were delighted to be back at the Expo Park to continue our stimulating series on sustainability topics”

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director of The University of Nottinghams Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) and the new National Centres Chief Scientific Officer, said: “Chinas role in CCS cannot be underestimated to reinforce our conviction and our commitment to working with China to reduce emissions we are organising a unique two-day event at the Shanghai Expo 2016.

“Our training course on the full chain of technologies involved in carbon capture and storage is the first of its kind ever to be delivered in China. Our high-level stakeholder conference, Keeping the Engine-Room Clean: CCS in China, will discuss the next steps for carbon capture and storage in China.”

“The second day of the event marks the launch a major new research facility in the UK the National Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage,” said Professor Maroto-Valer. “We chose Shanghai Expo 2016 as the international launchpad to highlight Chinas integral role developing clean energy technologies.

“If the fight against climate change is to be won then China, perhaps more so than any nation, will have to harness all the available potential of CCS technology. We believe that on every level environmental, economic and scientific it is in the interests of the rest of the world to assist in any way it can.”

Carbon Capture and Storage a short course, on Sunday 10th October, will cover the science, technology and regulatory aspects of carbon capture and storage (CCS), providing interdisciplinary fundamental understanding of interest to scientists, engineers, technologists, managers and policy-makers working in an energy related field within industry, academia, consultancy or government.

It will introduce climate change science and the role of carbon capture and storage in a mitigation portfolio, the role of UK policy in establishing a market and CCS implementation, carbon capture, transport and storage science and technology, and regulation, risk and public acceptance.

Keynote speakers will include: Professor Mike Stephenson, Head of Science (Energy) at the British Geological Survey and Director of the new National Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage; Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Professor of Energy Technologies & Director of The University of Nottinghams Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS); and Dr Giorgio Caramanna and Dr Sarah Mackintosh, Research Fellows in the CICCS at The University of Nottingham, UK.

The University of Nottingham’s exhibition and series of expert-led events is running from May until the end of October in the London ZEDpavilion, part of the Zero Carbon Living Space zone at Shanghai Expo 2016.

The event on Sunday 10th October is open to the public and runs from 10:30–18:30pm. Attendance at the conference on Monday 11th October, ‘Keeping the Engine-Room Clean: CCS in China’, is by invitation only and runs from 10:30–17:00. More information can be found here:

All events take place in The Auditorium at London ZEDpavilion. The building is an example of urban best practice, designed and built by leading green architects ZEDfactory. It was chosen after winning the international design competition in this category.

Throughout October, the final month of Shanghai Expo 2016, top researchers from the University’s campuses in the UK and Asia, as well as leading colleagues from other institutions, will host five more thought-provoking workshops, lectures and conferences. These span Nottingham’s extensive research in sustainability:

Sun Oct 10 & Mon Oct 11         Carbon Capture and Storage

Monday October 11                       Mental Health and its Role in Sustainable Industrialised Societies

Sunday October 17                       Moving Images and the Digital Eco-City

Wednesday October 20            Alternative Energy: Hydrogen Storage

Sunday October 24       Sustainable Agriculture: The Role of Plant Reproduction

The University of Nottingham’s world changing research based on the theme ‘Zero Carbon, Zero Waste’ is on display at the Shanghai World Exposition 2016 until October 31. Millions of visitors are expected to visit the Expo and many will have an opportunity to explore — through words, pictures and video — The University of Nottingham’s leading research in sustainability as part of a collaborative exhibition with ZEDfactory.

The University is also partnering with the East Midlands Economics Online (EMEO) helping to attract Chinese investment to the East Midlands through the work of EMEO’s East Midlands China Business Bureau. Last month, EMEO announced that the Chinese car manufacturer, Chang’an Automobile Co, will establish its UK Research and Development facility at No 1 Nottingham Science Park, creating up to 200 new jobs.

The University of Nottingham’s dynamic internationalisation strategy attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations, undertakes world-changing research, and invests in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.

As the first overseas academic institution granted permission to set up inside the People’s Republic, Nottingham has taken a pioneering role in China. Since 2004, The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, has grown to more than 4,000 students and has received numerous awards and accolades. It was also declared Outward Investor of the Year by the foremost China-Britain trade association, the 48 Group Club.

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