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My fieldwork photograph has made it to the final of the University of Strathclyde’s Images of Research 2018 competition. The photo was taken in Spring 2017 when Dr Andrew Feitz (Geoscience Australia) and I were measuring CO 2 degassing rates at a site of natural CO 2 degassing associated with a spring emerging near a creek bed in Victoria (Australia). The image shows Andrew sat at the edge of the creek staring at our technically savvy CO 2 measuring apparatus, which is strapped to a tree branch. Andrew looks a bit bored. He has to be as still has he can for several minutes. So at this moment he is mimicking a statue of a scientist. From the photo, you...Read more
The first day of the UKCCSRC Conference opened with a talk by Chris Davies, a member of the European Parliament. “The answer to climate change lies beneath our feet, underground”, he told to the 160+ audience just after relating the personal story about how he got convinced that CCUS was a real solution to reduce CO 2 emissions. During the talk, Davies provided a general view of the political panorama regarding the CCUS development. “We have not advocated enough for CCS technologies”. According to him, the lack of political commitment has prevented the materialization of CCUS in the UK. After the economic crisis in 2008, climate change ceased to be a priority topic in the political agenda. Furthermore, the timescale...Read more
During the second session, the Government updates were presented to the CCUS audience from two invited speakers at the UKCCSRC spring conference at the University of Cambridge on the 26th March 2018. Government’s new Approach to CCUS, Will Lochhead, BEIS Will Lochhead has presented the two main documents recently published about CCUS which are the Industrial Strategy to decarbonise the private sector in UK (released last November) and the Clean Growth Strategy report for delivering a low carbon future. The UK ambition is to become the global technology leader in CCUS by 1) increasing the commitment to deploy CCUS in UK, 2) international collaborations and 3) new investments. The 2018 will be very important in order to have the first...Read more
On the first day of the UKCCSRC conference in Cambridge, four talks were held in the afternoon covering updates of CCS project developments within the UK. The agenda for the four talks were: Caledonia Clean Energy Project feasibility study outcomes for delivering CCS at Grangemouth (Scotland). Liverpool-Manchester Hydrogen Cluster proposed to reduce the carbon intensity of NW England’s gas network. OGCI’s Clean Gas Project initial scoping for an OGCI-led CCS project. The Committee on Climate Change’s assessment of the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy Each of the talks delivered gave a positive outlook for the future of CCS and its importance in meeting our carbon reduction targets. It was encouraging to hear about surviving commercial CCS activities in the UK, and...Read more