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Global CCS Institute Launches Decarboni.se
Today we launch Decarboni.se – a new platform that will make a real impact in how we share information on solutions to climate change. It’s been a lot of hard work over the past year and it’s great that the big day is finally here.
I’m passionate about solving the problem of climate change. There is strong evidence it is already happening and that it’s going to cause very big problems in the future. Climate change is a solvable problem and there are already many decarbonisation projects around the world. What I am confident of is that for a problem this big, the solutions are going to come from a multi-faceted approach: continual improvement to what is already in place, changes to how we live and innovative disruption.
Knowledge sharing on climate change solutions is important as there is a lot to be learnt from what is already working or is in research and development. That’s what Decarboni.se is about – a knowledge sharing platform for people working 'in the industry', for people just interested in what is happening and for our next generation of problem solvers – the Steve Jobs or Bill Gates of decarbonisation technologies. Not surprisingly, Apple, Google and Microsoft are already working hard on their own solutions on energy efficiency and reducing emissions.
It is the view of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and many other organisations that a number of decarbonisation technologies (solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, carbon capture and storage, etc) are required to combat climate change at the least-cost scenario. This is the basis for how we have defined the scope for Decarboni.se as is shown on this page. You will notice when we launch there is more content related to carbon capture and storage (CCS) than any other technology. That’s because it is where our team has the most experience. We hope that when you come to this site it will show you that CCS is an important solution, but pushing a technology agenda is not the focus of Decarboni.se. As you can see from the organisations list there is a good representation of companies across the decarbonisation space. We’ve also worked with partners such as Parsons Brinckerhoff to collect and share the best information on other decarbonisation technologies, including solar, wind and marine energy. We’re counting on you and other Decarboni.se users to help us build a much more complete library of decarbonisation solutions.
The final thing worth noting about our approach is that Decarboni.se is a key part of the Global CCS Institute’s approach to providing knowledge sharing services for other organisations. We’re big on using digital technologies to help with knowledge sharing – it’s cheaper, faster and better for the environment than flying around the world for meetings. Today we’ve also launched a new web platform for the European Commission’s CCS Project Network. Decarboni.se and the EC’s platform use a common codebase and all information is sourced from the hub. It’s an architecture that we’ll use to help other organisations and if you’re interested in this kind of approach – let us know. You can read more about key benefits of this knowledge sharing architecture in this post and we'll be posting further details soon.
So with that I’ll push the button to launch Decarboni.se. I hope you like it and would love to hear what you think. Just leave a comment or drop us an email.