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  • A view of Mexico City during the "Phase 1 emergency" declared in March 2016 as air pollution reached even more alarming levels than usual.

    A view of Mexico City during the "Phase 1 emergency" declared in March 2016 as air pollution reached even more alarming levels than usual. | Photo: AFP

A delegations of scientists from the two nations came together in Mexico City to coordinate efforts for developing new carbon capture technology.

Scottish and Mexican scientists have come together in Mexico City, one of the world's most contaminated cities, to achieve the Latin American country's goal of reducing carbon emissions by developing capture utilization and storage capacity, Energy Voices reported Monday.

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Capture utilization and storage, known as CCUS, captures carbon dioxide, CO2, from power plants and industrial facilities and stores it permanently in deep geological formations or provides CO2 for processes, such as petroleum production. Mexico‘s goal is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent below 2002 levels by 2050.

Representatives from SENER, Mexico’s Energy Ministry, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM, and the Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage, SCCS, research partnership met in Mexico City in the third week of May.

During that time, these representatives signed a letter of cooperation, which will marry Mexico's own extensive research efforts in CCUS with the United Kingdom's experience in the technology.

“We are delighted to be exploring opportunities for research and knowledge exchange with fellow academics in Mexico, and with the Mexican Government,” Professor Stuart Haszeldine from SCCS, who had just signed an agreement of cooperation with his Mexican counterpart Dr Elena Centeno Garcia, said.

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The next step of the Mexico agreement will be the signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding, which paves the way for SCCS and UNAM to seek formal collaborations on aspects of CCUS development.

“This is a very positive development between international research institutes at a time when signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, including the U.K. and Mexico, must pursue effective measures to reduce carbon emissions," Haszeldine observed.

Mexico City is one of the most polluted cities in the world. In March 2016, authorities ordered all cars to remain idle for one day in response to the country's air pollution crisis.

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