Industry comment by Nelson Ogunshakin, Chief executive, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)
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The upcoming ACEFIDIC 2009 London Conference precedes December’s vital Copenhagen conference and will bring the best of the world’s engineering family together. For three days, London will be a breeding ground for innovation, new ideas and creative thinking.
The capacity of engineers to deliver sustainable solutions to the world’s challenges will be a key message. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be an important part of decarbonising our energy usage.
You cannot eliminate carbon dioxide altogether, but you can deposit it cleverly so that it is not emitted into the atmosphere. Astoundingly, that one action can result in a 50% reduction in emissions.
The economic potential is another reason why CCS is so important. Sir James Dyson is absolutely right when he says that “we should seek to base our modern economy on something long term with solid foundations”.
At the moment the technology is not commercialised enough, and we want to fast track it if we can. It is relatively new and largely unproven − but it will never succeed unless it is supported and invested in by business and society.
At the moment the technology is not commercialised enough, and we want to fast track it if we can.
But if there is anybody in the world who can help this technology break through, engineers can. We have a role to provide a solution to the way this technology is deployed, and it is a responsibility we should relish and thrive on.
Solutions to the energy challenge have to be sustainable, and that is why this year’s historic ACE-FIDIC 2009 London Conference will be tackling this as its central theme.
- The ACE-FIDIC 2009 Conference takes place from 13-16 September. For more information go to www.fidic.org/conference/2009