Scottish and Mexican scientists have strengthened links to help support Mexico’s ongoing efforts to develop carbon capture utilisation and storage as a route to reducing the country’s carbon emissions.
Representatives from Mexico’s Energy Ministry, Mexico’s National Technology University (UNAM) and the Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) research partnership met in Mexico City last week to explore future research collaborations and capacity building as well as opportunities for academic exchanges.
CCUS is a suite of technologies that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) from power plants and industrial facilities and stores it permanently in deep geological formations or provides CO2 for processes, such as enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR).
SCCS Director, Prof Stuart Haszeldine, and Prof Elena Centeno Garcia, Director of UNAM’s Institute of Geology, signed a Letter of Collaboration, which lays the foundations for working jointly on CCUS research – drawing on the UK’s broad expertise in the technology – and exploring international funding initiatives.
Prof. Haszeldine said: “This is a very positive development between international research institutes at a time when signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, including the UK and Mexico, must pursue effective measures to reduce carbon emissions.
“We are delighted to be exploring opportunities for research and knowledge exchange with fellow academics in Mexico, and with the Mexican Government.
“We are also making connections with additional research partnerships in Canada, South Africa and China. We can provide experience and guidance in CCUS development, capture technologies, CO2-EOR and offshore engineering as well as identifying CO2 storage assets and creating links to existing and future businesses.”