New agreement establishes a China-Canada Low Carbon School program

By Krista Baliko Posted: June 23, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Dr. Zhang Yunxiang, Vice-President, Northwest University, signs an MOU with Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research), University of Regina in Beijing, China. Behind are others involved in carbon capture, usage and storage initiatives (see below for their names and positions).
Dr. Zhang Yunxiang, Vice-President, Northwest University, signs an MOU with Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research), University of Regina in Beijing, China. Behind are others involved in carbon capture, usage and storage initiatives (see below for their names and positions). Photo courtesy of Yu Zewei

The University of Regina and Northwest University in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China have entered into a partnership agreement to strengthen research into and development of carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS).

Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research), travelled to China to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Vice-President of Northwest University, Dr. Zhang Yunxiang. The MOU establishes the China-Canada Low Carbon School program, an initiative which encourages cooperation between the two universities in academic and professional development related to CCUS.

Malloy says CCUS is a key technology in the global effort to reduce the environmental impacts of carbon emissions, and with knowledge, research expertise and access to infrastructure the University of Regina is becoming an international hub for CCUS.

“The University of Regina is a leader in the area of carbon capture, use and storage and international agreements, like the one we signed with Northwest University, will prove to be an essential component to greenhouse gas mitigation and the development of alternative clean energy technologies,” says Malloy.

Yunxiang says carbon capture and storage is crucial to climate change mitigation technology for China, and Northwest University’s National and Local Joint Engineering Research Center of Carbon Capture and Storage Technology will play a key role in implementing the technology across the country.

“Since the Paris Agreement came into effect, we urgently need to study large-scale carbon capture and storage techniques and to train our faculty and students in this technology,” says Yunxiang. “This partnership with the University of Regina will help us to more quickly apply the technology, effectively reducing the harmful effects of fossil fuels.”

Malloy says Northwest University has students and faculty ready to travel to the University of Regina in order to learn more about “what we do and how we do it.”

“Our research into clean energy, including carbon capture, use and storage is becoming important to China,” says Malloy. “Our expertise is already being applied in the country, and this MOU will only expand our impact.”

The University of Regina has several agreements related to CCUS with other institutions, including the University of Edinburgh, the University of Kyoto, Imperial College in London, the University of Melbourne and the University of Texas.

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(l to r) Dr. Ma Jinfeng, Executive Director, National and Local Joint Engineering Research Centre of Carbon Capture and Storage Technology; Mr. Sun Zhen, Deputy Director-General, Climate Change Department, National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NDRC); Mike Monea, President, International CCS Knowledge Centre and Mr. Xu Dakang, Director of Climate Change, Shaanxi Provincial Development and Reform Commission.