Scottish and Mexican scientists have strengthened links to help support Mexico’s ongoing efforts to develop carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) as a route to reducing the country’s carbon emissions.
Representatives from SENER (Mexico’s Energy Ministry), leading university UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México) and the Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) research partnership met in Mexico City on 25 May 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.
Jazmin Mota, of SENER, highlighted the significance of the meeting for the Mexican Government’s future energy and climate policy. UNAM attendees, meanwhile, expressed particular interest in knowledge exchange opportunities and MSc and other training options offered by SCCS and its partner institutes.
Prof Stuart Haszeldine, SCCS Director, 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.
SCCS is 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.
The next stage of the Mexico agreement will be the signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding, which paves the way for SCCS and UNAM to seek formal collaborations on aspects of CCUS development.
|SCCS and UNAM signing the Letter of Collaboration in Mexico City on 25 May. From left: Dr Moisés Dávila of the World Bank and Engineering faculty at UNAM, Ms Jazmín Mota, CCS lead for SENER, Prof Elena Centeno García, Director of UNAM’s Institute of Geology, and Prof Stuart Haszeldine, University of Edinburgh and SCCS Director|
|Academic staff and senior researchers at the meeting with SENER and SCCS on 25 May|