Mike Mason is an engineer who founded ClimateCare, the world’s first carbon trading business.  He is currently involved as an investor and director in a range of new technology companies working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Mike is now researching ways to make bio-energy both commercially affordable and a positive force in food production rather than a competitor.  Using ruminants to provide models of cellulolysis, Mike is investigating why ruminants are so much more effective than anaerobic digesters.  He hopes to use the information learned to revolutionise Anaerobic Digestion.  His aim is to move the bioenergy debate from ‘fuel or food’ to ‘fuel and more food’.

Mike is also leading research on the integration of solar PV with hydro power – making dams into the world’s largest batteries.