Nanomaterials hold the potential to make substantial contributions to the European Union's 2020 climate goals, says Jesus Isoird, who manages research and innovation at the Spanish energy and infrastructure group Acciona. "For example, this would involve improving the coatings of ceramics so that they can be self-cleaning or absorb CO2 emissions," Isoird said. And nanomaterials could be used to make insulation thinner and more efficient, bringing down construction costs.

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