Heriot-Watt University's Chief Scientist, Professor John Underhill, recently joined a group of leading geoscientists from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss efforts to decarbonise energy supply.
The two-day event was coordinated by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in partnership with the UK Science & Innovation Network, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the British Geological Survey (BGS), and the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute at the University of Colorado.
During the workshop held in Boulder, Colorado, some 30 researchers, funding agencies, policy-makers and regulators pooled their expertise to explore how geoscientists can accelerate the transition to environmentally safe and affordable energy production. The cross-disciplinary group scoped out shared research interests and capacity in a bid to combine US and UK capability to deliver on the development of new technologies and knowledge of the sub surface environment.
The participants made a commitment to share geological data, test facilities and expertise including those associated with the UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS) project and seek new collaborative funding opportunities.