Net Zero Emissions

Multidisciplinary approach to scientific and engineering research on Net Zero Emissions technological innovations, coupled with crosscutting work on policy, markets, and regulation

Multidisciplinary approach to scientific and engineering research on CCUS technological innovations, coupled with crosscutting work on policy, markets, and regulation

Net Zero Emissions is a technology that can be applied across the energy system. The Colorado School of Mines has directly relevant science and technology expertise that spans from fundamental chemistry through reactor engineering. There are on the order of 30-50 faculty actively engaged with areas related to one or more aspects of the Net Zero Emissions chain.

Most, if not all, CO2 reduction to fuels or chemicals depends on catalytic hydrogenation or dehydrogenation processes. Thus, the design, synthesis, and implementation of selective catalysts are essential aspects of CO2 utilization for the production of value-added chemicals. As a practical matter, cost-effective and timely technology development depends on closely coordinated multidisciplinary research and engineering.

Through collaboration and research Colorado School of Mines and the Payne Institute are connecting the technical expertise on campus related to Net Zero Emissions with industry, government and civil society to increase awareness of the opportunities related to CCUS. Maintaining the focus of the University as a leader at the frontiers of science and engineering, related to earth, energy and environmental stewardship.

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Initial Findings from Continuous Monitoring of Oil and Gas Operations 1/13/2021

Initial Findings from Continuous Monitoring of Oil and Gas Operations

Payne Institute Researcher William Daniels, Faculty Fellows James Crompton and Dorit Hammerling, and Director Morgan Bazilian look at the wide deployment of air quality monitoring technology, we can better address greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry. There is considerable public pressure, industry engagement, and government regulation surrounding the push for more sophisticated and transparent monitoring. While much focus has been given to the technological development of monitoring devices and the use of airplane and LDAR resources, less focus has been given to the data acquisition, management, and analysis from these monitoring technologies. This paper presents an exploratory analysis of continuous monitoring data from two oil and gas sites in Colorado.  January 13, 2021. 

Why even a pandemic couldn’t stop the renewable energy boom

Why even a pandemic couldn’t stop the renewable energy boom

Payne Institute Advisory Board member Nawal Al-Hosany writes an opinion article on how investor interest in clean energy is soaring, and the world needs to seize the moment.  Despite being generally accepted as one of the most difficult years on record for many industries, 2020 demonstrated the inherent resilience of renewable energy solutions.  January 11, 2021.

Colorado School of Mines launches Global Energy Future initiative 1/8/2021

Colorado School of Mines Launches Global Energy Future Initiative

In collaboration with the Payne Institute of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines today is announcing a new initiative aimed at bringing together some of the world’s foremost global thought leaders and decision makers in the energy sector to discover, collaborate and network around key aspects of our energy future.  The Mines Global Energy Future Initiative will produce annual programming focused on the role of oil and gas, renewable energy, carbon capture utilization and storage, supply chain transparency, emissions monitoring, circular economy and more – themes that all reflect Mines’ scientific and technical expertise across the energy system and demonstrates the university’s cradle-to-cradle approach to creating a sustainable global energy future.  January 8, 2021.

Forget a Fracking Ban 1/4/2021

Forget a Fracking Ban

Payne Institute Senior Research Associate Jordy M. Lee and Director Morgan D. Bazilian write an argument that the key to greening the energy industry is getting better at pinpointing which natural gas firms and states are acting responsibly—and which aren’t.  January 4, 2021.  

Today’s Dirty Utilities May Be Tomorrow’s ESG Winners 12/30/2020

Today’s Dirty Utilities May Be Tomorrow’s ESG Winners

Payne Institute Fellow Liam Denning writes about how environmental, social and governance investing today enjoys more hype than clarity. There is no agreement on exactly what counts as a compliant investment, and there is often a lack of clear economic signals tied to ESG-favored outcomes.  U.S. utilities can thread this needle. Greenhouse-gas emissions from the power grid have fallen by more than a quarter since 2007, but much remains to be done.  December 30, 2020.

Biden’s climate plan will not address gender and racial inequality 12/28/2020

Biden’s climate plan will not address gender and racial inequality

Payne Institute Senior Research Associates Greer Gosnell and Sara Hastings-Simon write an opinion piece on how women and minorities have suffered disproportionately from the pandemic recession and must be part of any comprehensive recovery program. The Biden administration’s quest to green the American economy promises to create millions of good jobs “filled by diverse, local and well-trained workers, including women and people of color.” But these jobs will exacerbate long-standing and worsening economic injustices due to their concentration in male-dominated fields.  December 28, 2020.

A plan to meet the Paris Agreement targets? 12/11/2020

A plan to meet the Paris Agreement targets?

Payne Institute Senior Research Associate Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon discusses the Paris Climate (the fifth anniversary) accords and how the evidently Canadian Liberal government wanted to make a splash on the Hill Times Hot Room podcast (S1, Episode 26). The federal government released an ambitious climate plan aimed at getting Canada on the path to meeting its Paris targets and a net zero economy. The Healthy Planet and Healthy Economy plan proposes spending $15-billion on 64 different measures, including building retrofits and electric vehicle incentives, along with raising the carbon tax, something the Liberals promised repeatedly NOT to do in the 2018 election.  December 11, 2020.  

5 years after Paris: How countries’ climate policies match up to their promises, and who’s aiming for net zero emissions 12/10/2020

5 years after Paris: How countries’ climate policies match up to their promises, and who’s aiming for net zero emissions

Payne Institute Fellow Dolf Gielen and Director Morgan Bazilian write about how bold visions for slowing global warming have emerged from all over the world. Less clear is how countries will meet them, as this month marks the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement – the commitment by almost every country to try to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius.  December 10, 2020.

THE ROAD TO NET-ZERO FINANCE 12/9/2020

The road to Net-Zero Finance

Payne Institute Fellow Ben Caldecott was part of the Advisory Group on Finance for the UK’s Climate Change Committee that prepared this report The Road to Net-Zero that critically assesses the UK financial system’s ability to deliver a Net Zero target. The report comprises independent advice of a panel of experts from world-leading financial institutions to the Climate Change Committee to accompany its Sixth Carbon Budget.  December 9, 2020.  

Project Canary Acquires Troposphere Monitoring 12/9/2020

Project Canary Acquires Troposphere Monitoring

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian comments on Project Canary’s latest acquisition that demonstrates its evolution in the field of emissions monitoring and data.  The Payne Institute’s Earth Observation Group supports Project Canary with their satellite emissions research.  December 9, 2020.

The Carbontech Innovation System in Canada 12/8/2020

The Carbontech Innovation System in Canada

Payne Institute Senior Research Associate Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon helped prepare this report that evaluates the Canada national carbon conversion technology development competitiveness.  The challenge of climate change may not be at the forefront of many people’s minds, but it remains a looming threat. Although CO2 emissions have contracted sharply as economies shrink and energy demand drops, recovery will bring with it renewed growth and an associated rebound in GHG emissions.  December 8, 2020. 

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For more information about the Net Zero Emissions Research Area at the Payne Institute for Public Policy, please contact our Strategy and Operations Manager, Gregory Clough, at gclough@mines.edu.