Significant MDH research to reduce global warming

Sep 11, 2018 | Research/Cooperation Student

The Swedish Energy Agency is granting MDH 5.7 million SEK for a three-year project to investigate the technology for negative emissions, with the aim of achieving the goal of reducing the rate of increasing global warming.
– These are extremely important questions for future sustainable energy supply, says Jinyue Yan, Project Manager and Professor of Energy Engineering at MDH.

 

In connection with the Paris Agreement the World’s nations agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to keep global warming below 2 degrees. But to succeed with this the right technical, social and economic conditions are required, and here the technology for negative emissions is a part of this puzzle.

– There’s a gap between what the politicians have promised and the technology, which isn’t really fully developed yet. The idea with the NET-RAPIDO project (negative emission technologies: readiness assessment, policy instrument design, options for governance and dialogue) is to make a survey of negative emission technologies and of what is required to make it possible to implement these technologies, and in the long run fulfil the goals of the Paris Agreement, explains Marie Claesson, Executive Officer at the Swedish Energy Agency, who have granted research funding for the project.

 

Communication is an important part

In the project consideration will be given not only to technological areas but also to take heed of economic and socially relevant perspectives, where instruments such as taxes, grants and subsidies, along with communication, will be important areas.

– How should actors such as industry, politicians, financiers and researchers communicate with one another about these issues? This is what they’re planning to find out in this project. A holistic approach will be taken to the gap between prerequisites and objectives. This is a valuable project and here MDH can make a big difference, both in Sweden and on an international level, says Marie Claesson.

Marie Claesson believes that the MDH project will in the long term be an important piece of the puzzle for the future.

– I hope and believe that with this knowledge we can begin dealing properly with the question of negative emissions, which at present have challenges that are both purely technical and economical and which are on a societal level.

 

Project in collaboration

Within the NET-RAPIDO project the researchers at MDH are cooperating with the global research actors Climate strategies in the UK and Perspectives Climate Research gGmbH in Germany.

The project is to be carried out within the frame of the Swedish Energy Agency’s research programme ”Människa, Energisystem och SAMhälle (MESAM), (Humans, Energy Systems and Society), which is an investment in societal and humanistic perspectives for new knowledge of sustainable energy systems and reduced climate emissions.

 

More information

For more information please contact

Jinyue Yan , Professor of Energy Engineering at MDH

Jessika Hedén , Communications Officer at MDH

Marie Claesson Executive Officer at the Swedish Energy Agency

More information about Energy research at MDH.