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UK University Starts Research Into Carbon Footprint Reduction

By Angelique van Engelen     Feb 8, 2008 in Environment
A research centre dedicated to reducing the planet’s carbon footprint will be launched at The University of Nottingham today. Research that takes place at the center will potentially 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 will steer important decisions that governments have to make, as evidence mounts that the planet's tipping point will be reached on many counts this century. 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.
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