What is it about?

Our main goal is to provide support to technology developers from a carbon footprint perspective. We focus on an emerging technology that is being proposed as a climate solution by converting captured CO2 into valuable products, such as chemicals or fuels.

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Why is it important?

Carbon footprint studies are usually applied to mature technologies or systems with pre-defined configurations. Therefore, technology developers find less use in these studies as it is hard to transpose the conclusions to their own (not mature) systems. Another problem is that since the carbon footprint is only found after the technology is in advanced development stage, better opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint may have been lost because changes to the system are more costly as the development progresses. This is the gap we aim to fill with this work.


For me, it was a surprise to see how technology developers benefit from the insights gained from a carbon footprint assessment that can be more generalizable and applicable to them. Even the language or presentation of results kept part of the developers not entirely engaged. Hint for practitioners: sensitivity results presented in tornado charts may not be as straightforward to all researchers as we think and a brief explanation is welcome.

Emily Nishikawa
University of Calgary

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This page is a summary of: Guiding research in electrochemical CO2 conversion strategies through a systems-level perspective, Green Chemistry, January 2023, Royal Society of Chemistry, DOI: 10.1039/d2gc01466a.
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