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Dr Xi Liang, University of Edinburgh Business School. Photo: Brian McIntyre/BGS
The University of Edinburgh Business School is placing its academic expertise at the heart of a new agreement between industry and academic partners in the US and China, to support the development of new carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies.

The new agreement is the latest in a series of the School’s initiatives to address one of the most pressing issues for world leaders today, the low carbon and sustainability agenda.

The University of Texas at Austin, The Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and US energy generator, Southern Company Services (SCS) have committed to collaborate with China’s Guangdong CCUS Centre. The partners will collaborate on joint research and development of new technologies aimed at reducing global greenhouse gas emissions through the capture and storage of CO₂ emissions from industry. The collaboration will assess CO₂ capture technologies and evaluate the viability of novel and safe storage facilities, such as offshore geological formations.

The Guangdong CCUS centre was officially founded in 2013 as a joint project between UK and Chinese engineers and scientists, including researchers from the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) research partnership, of which the University of Edinburgh is one partner.

Dr Xi Liang, Director of the Centre for Business at Climate Change at University of Edinburgh Business School, signed the agreement in his capacity as Secretary General of the Guangdong CCUS Centre. He said:

Through the Guangdong CCUS Centre, we are making great progress in demonstrating the benefits of CCUS in China. This is the latest milestone on our journey to develop technologies with potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions from energy production and key industries worldwide. We are very pleased to have these new US partners backing the project, and hope this will lead to further collaborations between the three countries.

In 2011, the School created the world’s first MSc in Carbon Finance to develop responsible low carbon investment leaders. It also recently developed a strategic partnership with Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management – to integrate its world-leading expertise in carbon finance, management and strategic leadership with the leading Chinese business school’s financial innovation and economics capability.

The University of Edinburgh was one of the founding partners of the SCCS research partnership, which also includes British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Strathclyde.

This story was originally posted on the University of Edinburgh Business School website on 6 July 2015

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