Scientists from Scotland and Mexico have joined forces to develop carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) prospects as a way of significantly reducing Mexico’s carbon emissions.

CCUS is a suite of technologies that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) from power plants and industrial facilities and permanently stores it in deep geological formations. Captured CO2 from capture carbon and storage (CCS) is also commonly used in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes.

Representatives from Mexico’s Energy Ministry (SENER) and Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México (UNAM) met with the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) research partnership in Mexico City recently to explore future research collaborations and capacity building, as well as future opportunities for academic exchanges.

At the meeting held on 25th May, SCCS Director, Prof. Stuart Haszeldine, and UNAM’s Institute of Geology Director, Prof. Elena Centeno Garcia, signed a Letter of Collaboration, laying the foundations for a professional partnership in CCUS research.

This is a very positive development between international research institutes at a time when signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change…must pursue effective measures to reduce carbon emissions

It is understood that this deal will draw upon the UK’s expertise in CCS technology and will explore international funding initiatives.

Haszeldine explained, “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.”

“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, and offshore engineering, as well as identifying CO2 storage assets and creating links to existing and future businesses.”

The partners are working towards signing a formal Memorandum of Understanding, which will pave the way for SCCS and UNAM to seek formal collaborations on certain aspects of CCUS development.