Mexican Environment Experts Tour Carleton’s Flaring Lab in Bid to Reduce Black Carbon

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A delegation of 25 Mexican government officials, engineers, analysts and environmental experts recently began a week-long Canadian study tour at Carleton University to better understand how Canada is fighting climate change.  “This study tour contributes to the specific objective of black carbon reduction,” said Michael Layer, Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) team lead for oil and gas air issues research. “One of the main objectives is to support Mexico in implementing its contribution commitments to the Paris Accord.”

To learn about Canadian research initiatives and see how they are applicable to the Mexican industry, the group began their tour with Matthew Johnson, professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and director of Carleton’s Energy and Emissions Research Lab (EERL) and the director of the FlareNet Network.  Johnson greeted the group on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 to present several of his research initiatives before giving the delegation a tour of his flaring lab.  With the rapid proliferation of hydraulic fracturing technology in natural gas production around the world, flaring has risen dramatically in recent years. A key focus of his lab includes research to measure flare-generated pollutant emissions as part of finding ways to regulate and reduce their impacts on climate change.

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