New ULL extension service to help state reach carbon neutrality

Mark Zappi, executive director, Energy Institute of Louisiana. (Photo by Terri Fensel)

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is establishing an extension service to help the state meet objectives for reducing carbon dioxide and methane emissions, according to a ULL press release. The Louisiana C1 Extension Service will be part of UL Lafayette’s Energy Institute of Louisiana.

The institute’s Louisiana C1 Extension Service will serve as a “bridge between science and application,” said UL Lafayette’s Dr. Mark Zappi, the institute’s executive director. The focus will be on carbon dioxide and methane, greenhouse gases that absorb heat from the sun and warm the Earth’s atmosphere. Carbon dioxide and methane are often referred to as single carbon, or C1, chemicals.

The C1 Extension Service will offer expertise in areas that include green manufacturing, power conservation, alternative energy, carbon sequestration, data management, business impacts, green product marketing and ecological modeling. The aim is help Louisiana meet its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, meaning all carbon dioxide emissions must be offset with equal amounts removed from the atmosphere. Read the entire press release.