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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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New IEAGHG Technical Report: 2021-01 Biorefineries with CCS

Negative emissions technologies (NETs) feature in many climate models that comply with 2°C scenarios; and efforts to aim towards a 1.5°C target, as outlined in the Paris Agreement, have drawn further attention to the need for options that reduce the overall stock of emissions in the atmosphere. Negative emissions are also an important tool for offs...
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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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The UK’s independent adviser on tackling climate change – webinar on Financing Net Zero

As the pace towards achieving a Net Zero target by 2050 picks up so does the interest in how this ambitious goal might be financed. A recent webinar, presented by the UK's Climate Change Committee, provided an insight from the finance sector on how this might be achieved. This organisation is an independent, statutory body established under the UK'...
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IEA Workshop on law and regulation for CCUS

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has highlighted the importance of legal and regulatory frameworks to underpin widespread deployment of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). As well as ensuring the safety and security of CCUS activities, regulatory frameworks are also important to clarify the rights and responsibilities of CCUS stake...
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Book your place! GHGT-15 Virtual Conference Registration Now Open

The GHGT series is the premier international technical conference on Carbon Capture and Storage and is hosted virtually between 15th-18th March 2021. Booking is now open! This exciting conference includes: 4 days of technical programme: Check out the the Overview »7 parallel streams71 sessions3 keynote presentations1. Mechthild Worsdorfer, IEA2. Je...
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New IEAGHG report: 2020-06 CCS on Waste to Energy

IEAGHG has explored in the past the implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the industrial and power sectors, and specific issues linked to the success of large CCS projects. However, the implementation of carbon capture and storage or utilisation (CCU) in WtE plants was not explored yet by IEAGHG. IEAGHG identified the need to study ...
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