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 14th year, our researchers are speeding progress in the areas of low-carbon energy, carbon storage, carbon science, and carbon policy.

  • The Carbon Science Group collects data from the oceans, the atmosphere, ice cores, and the land biosphere to study how natural sources and sinks of carbon have varied in recent and ancient times, and how they will respond to future climatic change.
  • The Low-Carbon Energy Group studies the production of low-carbon power and fuels from fossil fuels using CO2 capture and storage, the use of biomass as an energy source on its own and combined with fossil fuels, and strategies for integrating renewable energy sources into the existing power grid.
  • The Fluids & Energy Group analyzes subsurface fluid behavior to investigate issues surrounding carbon storage in underground reservoirs, natural gas production, and gas hydrate formation.
  • The Policy & Integration Group synthesizes research discoveries, creates policy-relevant risk assessments, and explores the policy implications of carbon mitigation strategies. It also works to communicate issues of carbon and climate to industry, government, NGO’s, and the general public.

Led by CMI Co-Directors Stephen Pacala and Robert Socolow, the group has grown to include over 70 researchers who have published over 700 peer-reviewed articles. Together we are building a comprehensive view of the challenges of carbon mitigation – and how they can be overcome.