Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Jazmin Mota

Research interests:

Carbon balance and intensity in the oil and gas sector.
Decarbonisation pathways for industry.
Climate change and education for public engagement and outreach.
Public Policy and regulation to meet climate change targets.

Career history:

Jazmín Mota is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh in the School of Geosciences. Previously, she was the Director of the Clean Technologies Department in the Mexico’s Secretariat of Energy where she was in charge of Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) implementation, ocean energy and new clean technologies topics. Jazmin was consultant for the World Bank in CCS projects in Mexico and she worked for the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE) as project leader of CO2 sequestration in deep saline aquifers. Jazmin has participated in different national and international forums related to energy sector and energy transition. She completed her Geological Engineering degree at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) where she worked as professor of the School of Engineering from 2014 to 2018.

Active research projects:

Area: Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage
Topic: Drivers for a Lower Carbon Intensity Economy in Mexico, CO2 – EOR and storage projects
The project analyses decarbonisation through the introduction of CO2 – EOR as an alternative for oil production in Mexico. To face the challenges to reduce energy and resources demand, oil and gas industry should improve project management along with new technologies deployment and an integrated strategy.
Although the life cycle of GHG emissions associated with the oil produced depends on a wide range of factors, CO2 – EOR can lower the carbon intensity across the value chain; however, it is necessary to establish appropriate operation and management strategies, as well as accurate policy and regulations to enable investments and incentives such practices which are currently competing with other recovery processes.

Recent publications:

Mexico’s CCUS Regulatory Framework
Analysis of Mexico’s regulatory framework related to CCUS activities. Description of the process to establish an accurate regulatory framework and its implications.

CCUS implementation in Mexico: Towards a Sustainable Energy Sector
Summary of the implementation process for CCUS technology in Mexico including Public Policy, research, national and international collaboration and investments.

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