Carbon brainprint - an estimate of the intellectual contribution of research institutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Julia Chatterton, David Parsons, John Nicholls, Phil Longhurst, Mike Bernon, Andrew Palmer, Feargal Brennan, Athanasios Kolios, Ian Wilson, Edward Ishiyama, Derek Clements-Croome, Abbas Elmualim, Howard Darby, Thomas Yearley, Gareth Davies

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Abstract

Research and innovation have considerable, currently unquantified potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by, for example, increasing energy efficiency. Furthermore, the process of knowledge transfer in itself can have a significant impact on reducing emissions, by promoting awareness and behavioural change. The concept of the 'carbon brainprint' was proposed to convey the intellectual contribution of higher education institutions to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by other parties through research and teaching/training activities. This paper describes an investigation of the feasibility of quantifying the carbon brainprint, through six case studies. The potential brainprint of higher education institutes is shown to be significant: up to 500 kt CO2e/year for one project. The most difficult aspect is attributing the brainprint among multiple participants in joint projects. q2015 The Institution of Chemical Engineers. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-81
Number of pages8
JournalProcess Safety and Environmental Protection
Volume96
Early online date7 May 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2015

Keywords

  • carbon brainprint
  • carbon footprint
  • greenhouse gas
  • higher education
  • research
  • universities

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