GREat Medway Talk: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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University of Greenwich

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ME4 4TB

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Come to hear an update by Professor Colin Hills about the options for mitigating climate change.

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Carbon dioxide emissions to atmosphere are primarily responsible for the current unprecedented rate of global climate change. However, it is not generally recognised that CO2 gas can be used as a feedstock to make products with value. When managed in this way, CO2 can be transformed into everyday products. The approach is called Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) and technologies for the manufacture of fuels, plastics and mineral-based products are being developed. Indeed, CCU is being adopted as a climate change mitigation strategy by countries around the world including the EU and India. In his talk, Professor Hills will review CCU and look at the potential of mineralisation to manage large volumes CO2 gas currently being emitted to atmosphere. He will have available samples of carbonated manufactured aggregates and other products for examination and will conduct a simple experiment to illustrate the efficacy of the pioneering technology developed at the University of Greenwich in Medway.

Professor Hills is a Geologist and Environmental Engineer. He obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD within the University of London (Queen Mary and Imperial Colleges) before working in Industry in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He has a substantial publishing record on environmental issues including waste and soil remediation and on the mineralisation of CO2 gas. He has written National Guidance for the Environment Agency (England and Wales), authored the Global Environment Report (GEO6, Pan-European Region) for the United Nations Environment Programme and is currently a Board member of CO2Chem KTN and ISCOWA. He is a Founder Director of Carbon8 Systems, the University of Greenwich spin-out company that has pioneered the manufacture of building materials from CO2 and solid waste. This endeavour received the Queens Award for Enterprise: Innovation in 2017, and more recently the company has developed the World’s first mobile carbonation plant for the manufacture of carbonated construction products.

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