Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Holder of the Robert Buchan Chair at Heriot-Watt University, has given a series of lectures in Hong Kong and also participated at the International Standards meeting ISO/TC 265 CO2 Capture, Transportation and Geological Storage at China University of Petroleum in Beijing.
Speaking first in Hong Kong University in the 2013 Mong Distinguished Lecture entitled 'Meeting the Energy Challenge', she discussed the quest for sustainable energy to meet the demands of a rising global population with global energy needs set to double by 2050. This, she noted, is set against the backdrop of increasing CO2 emissions and associated climate change, and targets set out worldwide to cut CO2 emissions.
In Hong Kong Professor Maroto-Valer also gave a lecture at the Energy Institute entitled 'Carbon Capture and Storage: Keeping the Lights On'. It discussed the inescapable global demand for food, energy and water to meet the rise in the world's population to eight billion by 2030, and the importance of carbon capture and storage as a crucial tool for the abatement of CO2 emissions in an attempt to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.