MEDIA ADVISORY: World Experts on Carbon Capture and Storage to Convene in Austin

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Aug. 7, 2014

Event: The 12th international Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies conference (GHGT-12), focusing on global efforts to capture and control emissions of greenhouse gases.

When: October 5-9

Where: Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas. Map and directions can be found at http://www.austinconventioncenter.com/directions/directions.htm

Who may attend: Members of the media can attend the conference for free. Contact the communications coordinator, Lauryn Feil, at Lauryn.feil@austin.utexas.edu to receive a press pass before Oct. 3.

Background info: With increased coal use worldwide and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency planning to implement new regulations on carbon dioxide emissions, carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) is a leading contender to help the world reduce carbon emissions. The GHGT-12 conference brings together members of the scientific, industrial and policy communities from all over the world to exchange new knowledge, information and ideas on greenhouse gas mitigation issues, with a prime focus on CCS.

CCS is the process of capturing waste carbon dioxide emissions from sources such as fossil fuel plants and typically storing them underground, preventing emissions from entering the atmosphere. CCS is an industry in which billions of dollars are being invested, and important decisions will be made regarding the role of CCS in a sustainable energy future.

Select Speakers:

  • Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy
  • David Victor, Professor at the University of California at San Diego and lead author of Chapter One of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 3 – “Mitigation of Climate Change,” Fifth Assessment Report
  • Juho Lipponen, Head of CCS Unit, International Energy Agency
  • Mike Monea, President, Carbon Capture and Storage Initiatives, SaskPower
  • Suk Yee Lam, Office of Carbon Capture and Storage, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, United Kingdom
  • Xu Shishen, Chief Engineer, China Huaneng Group Clean Energy Research Institute
  • Charlie Gibson, Senior Vice President – Production Operations, Denbury
  • Susan Hovorka, Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
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