The alteration of the earth carbon balance caused by anthropogenic activities and leading to climate change calls for immediate mitigation action. Based on the latest recommendations from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage are needed to limit global warming to below 2°C.
As a Senior Scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Dr. Viola Becattini contributes to accelerating the transition toward a net-zero-emissions society by pioneering CO2 capture, transport, and storage supply chains. Her research focuses on technology solutions and policies to decarbonize hard-to-abate industrial sectors and generate negative emissions.
Inspired by one of the key messages of the United Nations Environmental Program Emissions Gap Report 2020 that “countries’ net-zero emissions pledges must urgently be translated into strong near-term policies and action”, she strives to combine research with the demonstration of new solutions. She is one of the co-founders of the DemoUpCARMA project bringing together 21 key players in the Swiss and European fields of CO2 capture, transport, and storage; the project implements CO2 management solutions by capturing, transporting, and permanently storing CO2 both in concrete for building and road construction and in underground geological reservoirs.