The Global Status of CCS: Is US Technology Leadership at Risk?

January 28, 2019 - 3:00 pm

Atlantic Council headquarters, 1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

The Global Status of CCS: Is US Technology Leadership at Risk? 

Welcome and Introduction by:

David Livingston

Deputy Director for Climate and Advanced Energy, Global Energy Center

Atlantic Council

Introductory remarks by:

Guloren Turan

General Manager, Advocacy

Global CCS Institute

Speaker's remarks on The Global Status of CCS by:

Jeff Erikson

General Manager

Global CCS Institute 

Keynote remarks by:

Steven Winberg

Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy 

US Department of Energy 

Conversation with:

Lynn A. Brickett

Technology Manager 

National Energy Technology Laboratory

Daichi Nakahara

Vice President, Director of Operations


Kurt Waltzer

Managing Director

Clean Air Task Force 

Geir Westgaard

Vice President, Political & Public Affairs


Moderated by:

David Livingston 

Deputy Director for Climate & Advanced Energy, Global Energy Center

Atlantic Council

Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and the Global CCS Institute on Monday, January 28, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., for The Global Status of CCS: US Technology Leadership at Risk? 

As the clock is ticking to reduce carbon emissions and avert destructive climate change, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), a set of technologies that prevents carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere by capturing and storing them securely underground, is garnering increased attention. Historically, the US has exercised leadership in CCS innovation and deployment, and many projects to date have been located within its borders. But in China, Europe, and the Middle East, governments and companies are accelerating support and investment for innovative technology applications and have built a considerable portfolio of projects in development. 


Is the US at risk of losing technological leadership in carbon capture and storage? Or will the global race to reduce emissions renew and revitalize America's innovative edge?

Please join us for this special US launch of the Global CCS Institute’s signature publication, The Global Status of CCS, which was first presented at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. A panel of experts will discuss the state of the global industry, the geopolitics of technology leadership, and the role of global carbon capture technology development, deployment and transfer in meeting shared climate challenges.

A networking reception will take place following the panel discussion, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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Lynn Brickett is the carbon capture and carbon use and reuse R&D technology manager at the National Energy Technology Laboratory for the US Department of Energy. Her career has focused on environmental issues associated with coal-fired power plants including: by-products, water, nitrogen oxides, mercury, and carbon dioxide. Ms. Brickett has been with NETL for eighteen years, working as the director of the Capture Division, federal project manager in the Innovations for Existing Plants Project Management Division and a researcher studying the environmental impacts of coal by-products. Prior to NETL, she worked for The US Bureau of Mines conducting research on bioleaching of copper ores, bio-oxidation of gold ores, and remediation of acid mine drainage. Ms. Brickett received her BS degree in Environmental Science and her MS degree in Environmental Science and Management.

Jeff Erikson joined the Global CCS Institute in January 2016 as general manager —the Americas, before moving to the role of general manager – client engagement in 2017.

In his current role, Jeff is responsible for ensuring the Institute’s Members derive high value from their membership, as well as expanding the membership base and identifying fee-for-service opportunities.

Prior to joining the Institute, Jeff was director of global projects at the Carbon War Room, an international non-governmental organisation and think tank working on issues regarding market-based solutions to climate change.

Jeff served as senior vice president at SustainAbility, a global think tank and strategic advisory firm. He spent fourteen years at Mobil Oil and ExxonMobil Corporation, where he was responsible for projects and programs in multiple engineering specialities and across a broad range of environmental, health and safety issues.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Bucknell University and is a professional engineer.

David Livingston is deputy director, climate and advanced energy, of the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center. 

He is also a fellow of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins University, and of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. He also teaches a course on energy for the University of Southern California (USC) program in Washington, DC, and serves as a strategist for the Obama Foundation Scholars program.

Previously, Livingston served as a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as the inaugural Robert S. Strauss fellow for geoeconomics at the Office of the US Trade Representative, where he concluded as acting assistant US trade representative for congressional affairs.

He also has worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.

Earlier in his career, Livingston was selected as a Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council, and is an alumnus of the Atlantik Brücke Young Leaders Program.

He earned a BA with highest honors from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and an MSc with distinction from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Daichi Nakahara has served as vice president and director of operations at IHI INC., Power Plant Engineering Division, since October 2018. Previously, he served as IHI’s manager of engineering, Power Plant Engineering Division. Also at IHI, he served in Japan as assistant manager, Basic Design Group, in the Energy & Environment Business Area; as assistant manager, Environmental Preservation Engineering Group, Plant Engineering Department, in the Engineering Center; and in the Power Plant overseas sales department. 

Mr. Nakahara also held previous positions with ISHI-Power Sdn, Bhd. in Malaysia and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. in Japan.

Mr. Nakahara earned a Master of Engineering in Science and Engineering of Environment in 2003 from Weseda University.

Guloren Turan is based in the Global CCS Institute’s London office, with responsibility for the Advocacy team globally, including international climate policy activities focused on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its related bodies.

Guloren has extensive experience in the energy and climate fields. From 2015 to 2017, Guloren led the Government Affairs activities at the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline. Prior to this, she held a number of roles over the course of nine years at BG Group, including head of climate change strategy, head of business risk for the group and lead corporate strategist. Guloren holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from Cornell University, and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

Kurt Waltzer is the managing director for the Clean Air Task Force (CATF). He is responsible for ensuring that CATF has the strategic and operating capabilities it needs to carry out its mission. In this role he provides oversight and support of organizational management and administrative activities, as well as ongoing development and implementation of organizational strategy.

In addition, Kurt maintains a focus on Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration (CCUS) development and deployment under the Fossil Transition program. Kurt was an early advocate of advanced fossil and CCUS in the environmental NGO community and has been working to promote it since 2001. He has led the development of federal and state incentive policies for CCUS, and helped facilitate support for CCUS projects. He’s authored and co-authored several reports and articles as well as managed several economic analyses on low carbon fossil technology.

Kurt has an MBA form the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a degree in economics from Ohio State University.

Geir Westgaard is vice president, political & public affairs, and head of Equinor’s office in Washington, DC. Before taking up his current assignment, he spent five years with Equinor’s Global Strategy & Business Development team in London as head of (geo)political risk analysis. Between 2008 and 2012, Westgaard ran Statoil’s European Union affairs office in Brussels. He has also worked on sustainability issues both within Equinor and at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) in San Francisco. Westgaard is a former Norwegian diplomat whose postings abroad included Moscow, Vilnius, and Washington, DC. He has worked as a foreign policy adviser to the prime minister of Norway (1995-1997) and a special adviser in charge of High North (Arctic) policy to the foreign minister of Norway (2006-2008). Westgaard is a political scientist. He holds a BA from the University of Oslo and a Master of International Affairs/Soviet studies from Columbia University. He has also spent a year as a foreign policy Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. 

Steven Winberg, as assistant secretary, is responsible for the management and oversight of the Office of Fossil Energy (FE)’s research and development program, encompassing coal, oil, and natural gas, as well as the Office of Petroleum Reserves.

Mr. Winberg has thirty-nine years of experience in the energy industry. He began his career at the engineering firm Foster Wheeler as an engineer on coal-fired utility boilers. From there, he spent fourteen years with Consolidated Natural Gas working in a variety of positions before becoming Vice President for CONSOL Energy Research & Development. Immediately prior to coming to the US Department of Energy, Mr. Winberg served as a senior program manager at Battelle Memorial Institute.

Over the span of his career, Mr. Winberg has participated in a number of policy and energy initiatives. He has also gained extensive experience in numerous energy technologies, including advanced fossil energy combustion, coal-to-liquids, fluidized bed combustion, emulsified fuels, fuel cells, alternative fuel vehicles, and carbon utilization.

Mr. Winberg received a bachelor’s degree in nuclear science from the State University of Maritime College in 1978 and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991.