Two universities signed a significant collaboration at an international academic summit hosted by Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) last night, to pave the way for international research into carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will establish up to three C$10,000 ($7,300) Master of Science (MSc) scholarships each year, with funding support from SaskPower – a pioneering Canadian CCS company.

Successful students in this award will be accepted as visiting graduate students at Regina, after completing two semesters of the University of Edinburgh’s MSc in CCS.

This agreement is an exciting step toward building international capacity in CCS…Working together we have the potential to provide real solutions to climate change around the world.

Recently, David Cameron announced that he was axing £1bn ($1.4bn) of funding originally set aside for the UK CCS competition, throwing the uncertainty of CCS and its future into the spotlight. But this new breakthrough signifies that important strides are being made in other countries, such as Canada, where two of the world’s first full-chain CCS projects have begun operating.

A press release from SCCS signified, “International collaborations are essential for continued momentum and the delivery of CCS technology worldwide.” 

Dr David Malloy, Vice President of Research at the University of Regina, outlined, “This agreement is an exciting step toward building international capacity in CCS, and we are thrilled to be able to share our knowledge with University of Edinburgh students as we welcome them to our hub in CCS. Working together we have the potential to provide real solutions to climate change around the world.”

 

The SCCS Academic Summit takes place in Edinburgh over two days and welcomes leading academics from countries where CCS is being actively pursued. Discussions are aimed at developing collaborative opportunities and an overall alignment of international efforts on CCS research.