GHGT-13 Overview

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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.

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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

16th November 08.10 - 09.00 

17th November 08.10 - 09.00 

18th November 08.10 - 09.00 

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?


  • Thursday, 01 December 2016