THE CERM PROJECT
UWI PRESS RELEASE
ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. November 8, 2019 – “The more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts, we have the means to limit climate change and build a more prosperous, sustainable future” said Mr. Tim Dixon (pictured above), General Manager of the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG), at the recent International Knowledge-Sharing Symposium aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the energy sector.
This symposium titled “Developing of a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Programme in Trinidad and Tobago” was organised by the CO2 Emission Reduction Mobilisation (CERM) Project partners; The UWI St. Augustine Campus and The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) in collaboration with IEAGHG and the University of Texas, Austin. The symposium, which took place on October 29 -30 at the UTT Energy Campus, Pt. Lisas, included participants from several government institutions, the local energy sector, the World Bank and the International CCS Knowledge Centre and was sponsored by BHP and BPTT.
The UWI St. Augustine is partnering with the University of Texas, Austin and UTT to create a new clean industry that will store greenhouse gases underground and mitigate Trinidad and Tobago’s contribution to human-induced climate change. Notably, Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2EOR) and CCS have been positioned as two key technologies in carbon dioxide emission reduction. CCS has significant potential to mitigate climate change, particularly in countries with large reserves of fossil fuels and a fast-increasing energy demand. CO2EOR, on the other hand, has been identified by industry experts, researchers and local oil producers as a viable option for increasing Trinidad and Tobago’s heavy oil production.
Minister of Planning and Development, the Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis delivered the symposium’s feature address noting that Trinidad and Tobago was the first Caribbean country and second Small Island Developing State (SIDS) to submit its international commitment to climate change, back in August 2015. “This commitment formally became the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of Trinidad and Tobago upon ratification of the Paris Agreement in February 2018. It is arguably, the most ambitious national target in the region. Trinidad and Tobago declared the NDC to reduce overall emissions in the power generation, transportation and industrial sectors by 103 million tonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide emissions.”
Dr. Lorraine Sobers, CERM Project Coordinator and Lecturer in Petroleum Engineering at The UWI St. Augustine Campus shared public perspectives on greenhouse gas emission reduction in Trinidad and Tobago; highlighted opportunities for carbon dioxide emission reduction through CCS and CO2EOR and, the need for methane emission reduction.
Following the symposium, The UWI and its partners under the CERM project intend to build public awareness of the initiative in Trinidad and Tobago. Dr Sobers also noted that CERM will focus on capacity building at educational institutions, international partnerships and local research and development of CCS and CO2EOR.
The CERM Project and its collaborators, IEAGHG and the University of Texas at Austin, take this opportunity to thank the Honourable Minister Camille Robinson-Regis, Planning and Development, our symposium host, The University of Trinidad and Tobago, specially invited guests, our valued sponsors BHP and BPTT, the National Energy Corporation, the Chemical Engineering and Marketing & Communications Departments at The University of the West Indies, and the splendid participants of our recently concluded knowledge-sharing symposium "Developing a National CCS Programme for Trinidad and Tobago".
We look forward to engaging with all our stakeholders. Stay tuned for updates!
The CERM Project is a collaboration between academic institutions, The University of the West Indies (UWI) and The University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT), and Government Energy Institutions - the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI), Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd and the National Gas Company (NGC) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the energy sector