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Baker Hughes supports the University of Houston Energy Transition Institute

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The Baker Hughes Foundation has granted US$100 000 to the University of Houston Energy Transition Institute to support environmental justice research and workforce development programmes. The UH Energy Transition Institute (ETI) focuses on the creation and use of reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy for all.

The grant will help the university address the impact of energy transition solutions in communities and geographical areas that bear a larger than average burden of energy and environmental impacts. It will help the ETI to develop a framework for analysing the environmental footprint of energy generation and energy use processes, focused on understanding emissions and environmental and human health impacts. In addition, it will also support the university Energy Scholars Programme, which provides undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in research programmes focused on carbon management, hydrogen, and circular plastics.

Joe Powell, founding executive director of the UH Energy Transition Institute, said: “Thanks to the generous support of the Baker Hughes Foundation, the UH Energy Transition Institute will be able to expand its work on the social and community impacts of energy projects and new clean technologies, and address critical workforce development needs. We are grateful for the opportunity to further empower students at UH, collaborate with industry and drive towards a sustainable and just energy transition, with development of metrics to show the way.”

This grant aligns with the Baker Hughes Foundation’s mission of supporting the communities where it conducts business and building the energy workforce of the future. This donation also supports Baker Hughes’ commitment to advancing the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) – specifically SDG 4, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all.

Chief Sustainability Officer Allyson Book, Baker Hughes, commented: “We are proud to support UH in its environmental justice research and workforce development programmes. At Baker Hughes, we strive to take energy forward, and are committed to a fair and just energy transition. Novel educational approaches centred around social, climate and environmental justice are crucial to creating a sustainable future for generations to come.”

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, vice president of energy and innovation at UH, said: “We look forward to working with the Baker Hughes Foundation to address grand challenges in energy and chemicals and create a sustainable and equitable future for all. UH aims to transform lives and communities through education, research, innovation and service in a real-world setting. I am confident that working together we will make a greater impact.”

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