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TCCS-11 goes Virtual

The Norwegian-based CCS conference TCCS-11 was forced to go fully virtual this year because of COVID, as had our own GHGT-15. However a plus was that the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg was able to give the opening welcome address. She is a very impressive person, leading in the UN on sustainable development goals advocacy and also on educati...
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A quick look at the G7 agreements – “Build Back Better”

This G7 was a big deal for the UK Government for many reasons, and it wanted to hold a physical meeting so it chose scenic Cornwall, which came with the risk of the lovely variable Cornish weather. This G7 was also a big deal for the USA, the first major opportunity for the Biden administration to show that the USA was back fully participating in t...
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Are we finally mainstreaming CCUS?

The 12th Clean Energy Ministerial, or CEM, meeting took place the whole of last week, 31 May to 6 June, hosted by the Government of Chile and its Ministerio de Energia, under the dynamic leadership of Energy Minister Juan Carlos Jobet. CEM's innovation sister organisation, Mission Innovation, also held its annual ministerial meeting. 75% of global ...
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New IEAGHG Report: IEAGHG Monitoring Network – Webinar & Virtual Discussion: Monitoring Expertise Showcase for Post-Closure Monitoring, 2021-TR03

This new report from IEAGHG details a webinar held in January 2021 by the IEAGHG Monitoring Network; an expertise showcase for post-closure monitoring. This was an interactive and informal experience for the audience using a scenario-based exercise; various experts in the area of post-closure monitoring proposed how they would approach a post-closu...
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CEM CCUS Initiative: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Assessments and CCUS

On the 15th April 2021, the CEM CCUS Initiative held a webinar looking at Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Assessments in relation to CCUS. ESG has gone from an aspirational activity to a mainstream, essential aspect of commercial behaviour in recent years. Climate change is now synonymous with the 'E' in the acronym, making a corporation...
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IEA-COP26 Net-Zero Summit Virtual High-Level Dialogue

On Wednesday 31st March 2021, the International Energy Agency (IEA) held a live event bringing together top international energy and climate leaders from around the globe for vital discussions on turning net zero ambitions into reality. Opening – A Grand Coalition to Achieve Net Zero The opening welcome to this grand coalition to achieve global net...
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Policy and Regulatory Summaries from GHGT-15

In GHGT-15's session on Policy International and Incentives, some significant work was shared on CCS and the Sustainable Development Goals, undertake by TNO for IEAGHG and also by Imperial College on CCS in 'Just Transitions'. This work is helping to identify and fill data gaps for CCS and stimulated much discussion. It was noted that such evaluati...
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GHGT-15: Session 1E: Hydrogen & CSS

Following the growing interest on decarbonised hydrogen, this GHGT session incorporated discussions on hydrogen production technologies, infrastructure, and collaborative initiatives. Roger Dewing, from Air Products plc, discussed the retrofitting of existing SMRs (Steam Methane Reformer) with CO2 capture. He presented the Port Arthur SMR retrofit,...
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GHGT-15: Session 3E – Capture in industry

With an increase of CCUS activities in the industrial sector, this GHGT session incorporated the views of international experts on the integration of CO2 capture in different facilities. Ruby Ray, from Wood, presented their work on CCS in fertilisers and cement production facilities. In the case of the fertiliser production, a non-urea product with...
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GHGT-15: Sessions 3D & 7B – Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)

Notwithstanding the perceived 'overreliance' on BECCS that I mentioned in my previous blog, interest in BECCS pathways is still strong, as the two full sessions on the topic at GHGT-15 show. Mathilde Fajardy presented the results of a study, which explored cost-optimal deployment of BECCS over time in five regions: Brazil, China, EU, India and USA....
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GHGT-15: Sessions 1D & 2D – Direct air capture (DAC)

GHGT-15 has seen two sessions on direct air capture (DAC), which is pleasing to see and underlines the importance of the extension of GHG mitigation/reduction portfolios, triggered by a perceived 'overreliance' on certain options like bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in models and scenarios. Gabriel Vézina presented on integrated D...
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GHGT-15: Panel Discussion 4 – CCUS in the Oil and Gas Sector

The challenges faced by the oil and gas sector, and the associated development of CCUS, were illuminated in the fourth panel discussion of the GHGT-15 virtual conference.A North American perspective was presented by Ganesh Dasari from ExxonMobil, Scott Wehner of CaprockCarbon, Tim Wiwchar of Shell Quest and Nigel Jenvey from GafffneyCline. Tidjani ...
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GHGT-15: Day 4 Plenary: Update on CCS in China

With an installed capacity of around 200 GW, the China Huaneng Group (CHNG) is the largest power group in China and, in fact, in the world. Dr. Xu Shisen, who briefed attendees on some of China's extensive range of CCUS-related activities, past and present, is Chairman of CHNG's Clean Energy Research Institute. Dr. Xu began by reminding listeners o...
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GHGT-15, Session 8C Panel Discussion: Post-Combustion Capture Technology: Progress, Gaps and Future Direction

A strong panel, Chaired by EPRI's Abhoyjit Bhown, was brought together to discuss the status of PCC technologies. While most capture technologies at TRL8 or TRL9 are amines, there are several promising 2nd and 3rd generation technologies under development and attracting strong interest. For the purposes of this discussion, each of the panelists des...
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GHGT-15: Session 7C - Panel Discussion 5: "Closure issues, CA LCFS 100 years and EPA 50 years vs EU performance-based"

The fifth panel discussion at GHGT-15 was held on Wednesday 17th March and was focussed around closure issues with CO2 storage projects, particularly looking at US regulations compared to policies in the EU. James Craig (IEAGHG) chaired this panel and welcomed six international panellists: Susan Hovorka (GCCC, The University of Texas at Austin), Ma...
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GHGT-15 – Session 3C, Panel discussion 1: ‘New business models’

On the first day of IEAGHG's GHGT-15 conference, Monday 15th March, the first in a series of engaging panel discussions was held. Chaired by Lourdes Vega (Khalifa University), this panel aimed to address the impact and effectiveness of new business models to stimulate investment in CCUS, considering that new business models may mean new ways of doi...
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GHGT-15 welcomes attendees worldwide to virtual CCUS conference

After over 24 months of planning, the GHGT-15 conference began on 15 March. The conference has developed over the past 20 years to become the preeminent greenhouse gas mitigation conference. For the first time, it was to be hosted in the Middle East, with Khalifa University of Abu Dhabi our esteemed hosts. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conferen...
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US DOE Workshop on Modelling Carbon Capture Technology in the Industrial Sector

The US DOE held its annual workshop on modelling carbon capture as two 2-hour sessions on consecutive days, 17-18 February 2021. This year, the focus was on modelling carbon capture in the industrial sector and, due to the pandemic, the workshop was held as a virtual event. The event was organised by Jae Edmunds (PNNL) and Danielle Koren (DOE), and...
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IETA LIVE Series – ‘Grounded in Reality: Climate Markets to Scale Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)’

This webinar, held on the 18th February 2021, was co-hosted by IETA, the International CCS Knowledge Centre and Latham & Watkins, LLP and welcomed a panel of international experts to discuss the renewed global interest in CCUS in recent years. 'CCUS costs have been declining, new business models that can improve the financial viability have eme...
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Heartland US CCUS Forum

On the 28th January 2021, the Kansas Geological Survey and the Regional Carbon Capture Deployment Initiative (along with the Great Plains Institute) held the fourth Heartland US CCUS Forum (previously called the annual CCUS in Kansas Conference), an open-forum event series to discuss ideas and issues related to the regional CCUS industry. The forum...
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