The Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) at Princeton University is a university-industry partnership sponsored by BP. The goal of the project is to find solutions to the carbon and climate problem that are safe, effective and affordable. Now entering our 11th year, our researchers are speeding progress in the areas of carbon science, carbon capture, carbon storage, and carbon policy.
Over its first decade, CMI has accomplished many of its original goals by creating tools to address critical questions about the efficacy and cost of carbon capture and storage and the impacts of climate change on natural carbon sinks.
Computer models have been developed or adapted to carry out groundbreaking simulations of novel energy systems, underground CO2 injection, carbon cycling between the atmosphere and biosphere, and the impacts of climate change. New instruments and data assimilation have bolstered a “carbon observing system” that tracks changes in the natural carbon cycle, and innovative analytical methods have yielded data that constrain the causes of ice ages. On the policy front, original conceptual tools have advanced the global discussion on carbon and climate by offering fresh perspectives on solutions.
As these tools continue to be refined and others are developed, we are entering a new phase in which models are applied to real-world scenarios, tools are being made available to the public, and strategies being sought to motivate near-term carbon mitigation projects.
As CMI’s research effort has grown and matured, its faculty and present and former students have also taken on important roles in the national conversation on carbon mitigation. CMI members have spoken in academic and policy forums, presented papers and posters at international meetings, taken part in numerous national and international studies, provided congressional testimony, hosted key meetings, and served on advisory boards for carbon and climate related projects.