Energy Transition Chair
A Chair to promote knowledge on the energy transition and the fight against climate change within a network of universities.
The Energy Transition Chair position began at the University of Barcelona, under the direction of Mariano Marzo, chair professor of Stratigraphy and professor of Energy Resources and Petroleum Geology, and will be extended to other universities.
This initiative is centred primarily on promoting dissemination of knowledge on CO2 capture, utilization and storage, one of the great challenges in the fight against climate, and at the same time, a key to meeting the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.
The value of
Technologies for Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) have high potential for complementing renewable energies in the electricity system with minimal emissions. In addition, they are key for reducing emissions in sectors like steel, cement, and chemicals, since the CO2 captured can be reused, thanks to other necessary technologies, as raw material in a wide range of opportunities.
This Chair position is one of the Repsol Foundation's key projects for creating awareness in society about the energy transition.
An initiative against climate change
Within the framework of the collaboration with the University of Barcelona, several initiatives were developed:
- World Observatory for Innovation on the latest advances in CO2 recovery and use.
- Challenge in which students come up with solutions to fight climate change.
- Workshops which include experts and all those involved in the energy transition debate.
In the words of Mariano Marzo, "the goal is to open a debate forum and a centre for sharing thoughts and knowledge on the energy transition. This is a complex topic that is usually addressed from a lax point of view with proposals for simple solutions, when in reality we are entering a world full of uncertainty, although also of opportunity".