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BP sponsorship of Princeton Carbon Mitigation Initiative

Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative
ALC carbon outcome Furthering research and technology to advance low carbon
Geographic scope Global, with some focus on US and China
GHG saved/offset

N/a - research and technology

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For the past 18 years, BP has supported an independent academic programme at Princeton University called the Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI). Its goal is to bring together scientists, engineers and policy experts to design carbon mitigation strategies that are safe, effective and affordable. 

For example, CMI carries out research into the science of how carbon is soaked up by oceans and vegetation, such as forests. This helps to determine how much of the carbon dioxide (CO2) that is emitted into the atmosphere stays there. CMI also studies technologies such as CO2 storage in geological formations and advanced battery technology. And it organizes integration and outreach activities to introduce new conceptual frameworks that are useful for governments and citizen groups working on climate change policy. For example, one area of research will inform policy requirements for the advancement of wind power. 

CMI is committed to sharing its research findings for the benefit of the larger scientific community, governments, industry and the general public.

BP also contributes to CMI research. For example, we share our experience of running wind power facilities with CMI teams to inform their research into wind’s potential to supply a significant proportion of energy demand. 

The long-term nature of BP’s collaboration with CMI means we are better informed about the latest research and science. For example, it has improved our understanding of the role methane plays in climate change and we now support additional research at CMI specifically looking at the global methane cycle.