The 13th conference in the GHGT series was held in Lausanne, Switzerland in November 2016. The hosts for the event were the world renowned Swiss Research Institute the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), supported by the Federal Government of Switzerland and its Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE). The event was held at the newly constructed Swiss Tech Convention Centre. The convention centre is a showcase for ‘Clean Tech’ incorporating geothermal supporting pillars heating and cooling; photovoltaic panels to produce electricity and prevent the inside of the centre from overheating, all of which reduces the greenhouse gas footprint of the centre which fully aligns with the conference aims. Of course the GHGT conferences focus on presenting the cutting edge research on one low carbon technology option, CCS. Switzerland has active research programmes on CCS one of which is at EPFL, which is interesting in a country more known for its reliance on nuclear power and interest in geothermal energy. However, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) has suggested Switzerland will need to deploy CCS on natural gas to implement Switzerland’s Energy Strategy 2050 at least-cost investments whilst achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets. Hence the Swiss interest in hosting the GHGT conference.
15th November Opening Session
08.50- 09.10 Welcome addresses: Chaired by Kelly Thambimuthu, Chair of the IEAGHG ExCo
09.10 - 10.50 Keynote Talks
- After 20 years, how can CCS reach its potential?: Kamel Ben-Naceur, Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks
- CCS: The Time is Now: Trude Sundset, CEO, Gasssnova
- Too Late for 2C?: Thomas Stocker, University of Bern
16th November 08.10 - 09.00
- The Shell Quest CCS project: one year of operation: Tim Wiwchar, Portfolio Manager, Heavy Oil, Shell Canada
- Update on the progress and achievements of Boundary Dam 3 CCS project and the aims and status of the SaskPower/BHP Billiton International CCS Knowledge Centre initiative: Mike Monea, President, International CCS Knowledge Centre
17th November 08.10 - 09.00
- Overview of the Kemper County Energy Facility:Richard Esposito, Program Manager, Geosciences, Carbon Utilisation & Storage, Southern Company
- Present status and future challenges of CCS in Japan: Takuro Okajima, Chief Administrator of Global Environmental Partnership Office, METI
18th November 08.10 - 09.00
- Sixteen years of CCS development and collaboration to build: Mark Crombie, CO2 Capture Project Program Manager, BP
- Advances in commercial CO2 purification and utilisation: Abdulaziz Al-Jodai, Director - Corporate Programs, Technology & Innovation, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
14.00 -15.30 Final panel session: Driving CCS Forward in a below 2C World
With the Paris Agreement now close to ratification we are committing ourselves to achieving to temperature target of below 20C. We know that getting to 20C represented a significant mitigation challenge but going below that temperature target increases the mitigation challenge immensely. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has been identified as a key mitigation technology option by the UNFCCC. The IPCC 5th Assessment report showed us that the least cost mitigation portfolio needs to include CCS and that most assessment models suggested 20C could not be met without CCS. We can therefore strongly assume that CCS will be more important in a below 20C world that that negative emission technology like BIOCCS will also be critical post 2030 should we not meet stringent early emission reduction targets. CCS has not been deployed as quickly as we would have liked to date and we need to increase the momentum on CCS demonstration and deployment. The session amied to look at initiatives that are underway but also ask the critical questions; are we doing enough and what more needs to be done?
- Jean-François Gagné, Head of Energy Technology Policy Division, IEA, spoke to the question “Has Policy failed CCS to date and what more work in this area is needed?”
Jonas Helseth, Bellona, (on behalf of ZEP) spoke to the question: “CCS has not taken off in Europe what new efforts/initiatives are needed?”
Tim Bertels, Head of CCS, Shell, spoke to the question: “What more can the oil and gas industry do to stimulate the deployment of CCS?”
Jarad Daniels, Director, Office of Strategic Planning, USDOE spoke to the question: “How can technology Innovation (Mission Innovation) contribute to the deployment of CCS?”
- Niall MacDowell presented the 'Perspectives on the role and value of CCU in climate change mitigation'