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CO2Chem Network January Events – Update

The CO2Chem Network recently held a number of key events which took place at the iconic Sheffield United Football Club, with awards presented by the great England footballer Tony Currie.  


CO2Chem 3rd Annual Status Conference attendees 23 Jan 2020

The four day programme of events took place at Sheffield United Football Club Bramall Lane, Sheffield, UK from 20-23 January 2020.  The CO2Chem Winter School-Exploring Carbon Dioxide Utilisation was held on the first three days and presentations were delivered by leading experts in carbon dioxide utilisation including the CO2Chem Network management board Peter Styring and Katy Armstrong (University of Sheffield), Michael North (University of York), Ben Buckley (Loughborough University), Colin Hills (University of Greenwich) and Peter Hammond (CCm Technologies).  Presentations were also given by members of the Chemical and Biological Engineering department (University of Sheffield), Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (University of York) and industry.

Some of the topics covered included:

  • CO2 mitigation
  • Rise in global energy use
  • UK emissions reduction 
  • Replacing fossil fuels
  • Carbon based fuels
  • Why is hydrogen important to carbon dioxide utilisation 

The 3rd Annual Status Conference was held on the last day with presentations from industry and academia with CO2Chem seedcorn funding recipients presenting their research projects.  

Tony Currie made a surprise appearance to award the CO2Chem Video Prize winners with a signed copy of the de Gruyter Carbon Dioxide Utilisation textbook.  All videos can be viewed on the CO2Chem YouTube channel

The winners of the Video Prize 2019 competition were 12-year old Arnav Sharma from Orpington and Katie Stott and Clare Hayes from the University of York.  A special commendation went to IASS-Potsdam and EBP Communications Team

Peter Styring, Tony Currie, Clare Hayes and Katie Stott
Peter Styring, Arnav Sharma and Tony Currie

Closing thoughts were from Peter Styring.

“We are very grateful to the UKRI for funding almost a decade of activities through the CO2Chem Network, one of the original Grand Challenges in the Physical Sciences. In that time the network has evolved and created impact in academia, industry and policy. However, even though the direct funding has ended we will carry on as CO2Chem under changing funding mechanisms. There is interim funding to the end of 2020 to create a transition to a more focused lobbying structure.

It is clear we need to act now to avert catastrophic climate effects. We do not need more consultations on CCUS, we need tangible technologies and policies to deliver it. We are “passed the point of procrastination”.

We are now looking at various options to sustainably fund activities and we will report back to you once these plans are in place.”