Increasing global carbon dioxide emissions and the resulting climate change require action to mitigate present and future impacts. These actions must balance environmental benefits with economic sustainability and public acceptance. Carbon Capture refers to the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, typically from large point sources. In regards to carbon capture and storage, the cost lays in the capture and the risk in the storage. In terms of carbon capture and utilization/conversion, any process would benefit from a cleaner, more concentrated stream of carbon dioxide. Carbon capture is a multifaceted challenge and requires interdisciplinary and pan-sector approaches.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada established the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program to produce highly qualified personnel in an area of high strategic value to Canada. The CREATE Training Program in Carbon Capture brings together researchers from science, engineering, political science and business from across Canada studying inter-related aspects of carbon capture. The Program connects to provincial and federal research agencies. It also connects to key international partners to craft a unique training environment spanning borders, disciplines and societal sectors to generate personnel of high value in a field of global strategic importance.