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C-SINK - Project background

In its Sixth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) methods are necessary to limit global warming to 1.5°C, with the stipulation that that CDR solutions should not serve as a substitute for continued mitigation efforts – CDR and mitigation should occur in tandem.

CDR can be used to achieve net-negative greenhouse gas emissions, especially in carbon-intensive sectors such as industry, agriculture and long-distance transportation. However, there is an absence of agreed high-quality standards on CDR which has resulted in CDR technologies having adverse side-effects on local ecosystems, biodiversity and communities.

For this reason, the IPCC has highlighted the importance of reliable monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) to advance the necessary deployment of CDR technologies.

MEM Project lead Dr Evangelos Mouchos said “it is a great pleasure to work as a researcher on the EU/UKRI-funded C-SINK project. The consortium comprises a twenty-four-partner powerhouse from eleven countries, bringing together carbon experts with a wide range of backgrounds and skills. MEM’s key role in the project is a novel approach on utilising mine waste material for carbon sequestration via enhanced rock weathering. We show that tailings from some common ore deposits can capture carbon effectively and we aim at boosting their long-term storage potential. Hence, I strongly believe that a successful large-scale application of our robust lab-based findings, will be a game changer for the mining industry as well as for the environmental regulatory bodies.”   


Joining Evangelos on our C-SINK team are Rosalia Shiimi, Will Savage and Lisa Buckley.  Read their profiles.

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The UKRI Horizon Europe Guarantee scheme funds UK entities that have applied successfully for Horizon Europe grants, in this case, Climate sciences and responses call [grant number 10086800] but are unable to sign a grant agreement with the EU prior to formal association of the UK to the programme.

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Call: HORIZON-CL5-2022-D1-01-01-two-stage. G.A: 101080377 01/06/2023- 31/05/2027. Funded by the European Union.  Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author (s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Climate Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA).  Neither the European Union nor CINEA can be held responsible for them.

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