2023 CCU LCA TEA Workshop Slides and Photos Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that some of the slides for the 2023 TEA/LCA Workshop on Harmonizing CCUS Assessments are now available! Slide links can be found next to the corresponding session title below.

About the event:

This fifth workshop in the series is planned and conducted by the International CCUS Assessment Harmonization Group with members from the USA (GCI at U-M, NETL, NREL, ANL), Canada (NRC), Germany (RIFS, formerly known as IASS), Switzerland (ETH Zürich), and Japan (NIAIST). We are looking forward to one-and-a-half days of intense dialog and work that will advance transparent and uniform assessments of CCUS technologies and products.

This year’s workshop will focus on the inclusion of social factors in life cycle assessments and techno-economic assessments, as well as next steps towards guidance through international standardization of assessment guidelines.

Please note that the workshop does not provide introductory training for LCA and TEA for CCUS.

“CCU TEA and LCA Guidance – A Harmonized Approach”

Hosted by the Global CO2 Initiative

Organized and conducted by the International CCU Assessment Harmonization Group

Venue: University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School, Ann Arbor, MI, USA & Zoom

May 16, 2023

6:00 – 8:00 PM Informal welcome reception (hors d’oeuvres, drinks) (Assembly Hall)

May 17, 2023

8:00 – 8:30 AM Continental breakfast (Assembly Hall)

8:30 – 9:00 AM Welcome and workshop overview (Amphitheater)

  • Volker Sick (GCI) & Greg Cooney (DOE)

9:00 – 9:15 AM How far did we get last year? (Amphitheater)Slides

  • Stephen McCord (GCI)

9:15 – 9:30 AM US Federal view of CCUS (Amphitheater)

  • Noah Deich (DOE)

9:30 – 10:30 AM  CCUS and Societal Considerations (Amphitheater)

10:30 – 10:35 AM Setting the stage for breakouts (Amphitheater)

  • 2 x 2 on-site breakouts
  • Zoom breakout rooms for virtual participants with 7 members per room. Self-guided discussion

10:35 – 10:50 AM Break

10:50 – 12:00 PM  Breakout sessions (2 breakout rooms per topic plus virtual-only breakouts)

  • A: Social impact assessment / S-LCA in early TRLs  (East Conference Room, West Conference Room, Assembly Hall & Amphitheater)
    • Moderators: Stephen McCord (GCI), Jennifer Dunn (Northwestern)
      • How to deal with uncertainty in low TRLs and lack of data?
      • Should we do S-LCA in low TRLs? Why or why not? 
      • What questions could be answered with S-LCA in low TRLs? 
      • What are the limitations of S-LCA? What are societal concerns that require different analytical frameworks?
      • What has peoples’ experience been with engagement with local communities and is CO2 utilization on their radar? What are their metrics for addressing environmental justice issues and how could we work to adapt or integrate work done or being done with CO2 utilization as part of their agenda?
  • B: CO2 capture and implications on industry perception
    • Moderators: Emily Connor (US DOE), Mark Rigby (DTE Energy, ret.)
      • Concerns about unduly extending fossil carbon use?
      • Assessment of potential co-benefits of carbon capture (i.e., removal of other emissions)
      • How can LCA be used to effectively inform public stakeholders?

 12:00 – 12:30 PM  Report outs (Amphitheater)

  • Breakout moderators

12:30 – 1:30 PM  Lunch (Assembly Hall)

1:30 – 2:30 PM Geospatial analysis & policies to meet the needs of everyone (Amphitheater)

  • Jessie Stolark (Carbon Capture Coalition)
  • Xinyi Wu (ANL) – slides

2:30 – 4:00 PM Breakouts (2 breakout rooms per topic plus virtual-only breakouts) (East Conference Room, West Conference Room, Assembly Hall & Amphitheater)

  • A: Utility of Geospatial analysis
    • Moderators: Till Strunge (IASS), Michelle Krynock (NETL)
      • Challenges of  geospatial analyses: What kind of data is available ? What drawbacks might be present?
      • Should geospatial analyses include social factors? 
      • Social acceptance of new CO2 pipelines is difficult (CO2 pipelines in Illinois, California, and others are already facing stiff community resistance)
      • Exploring other CO2 transportation options (bottled CO2, dry ice, pipelines, etc.): How do we incorporate social factors into decision-making? How do we value social impacts? How do we value social factors alongside technical, economic, and environmental factors? How do we actually use social factors in a meaningful way?
      • How do we fight misinformation (particularly around siting)? How can we raise awareness? What are effective ways to counteract their narrative?
      • How do we equitably consider the NIMBY issue? How do we decide whose backyard will take precedence? How can we change the dynamic that lack of resources, power, and influence create for disadvantaged communities? How do we level the playing field? How do we give disadvantaged/underserved communities better resources and a louder voice?
  • B: Social Impact Factors
    • Moderators: Stephen McCord (GCI), Volker Sick (GCI)
      • Get feedback from industry folks about what are the best practices in industry for social factors – have discussion/conversation around best practices
      • What are the best framework and standards available today? Certified B corp, UN SDG, SDG Indicators — SDG Indicators (, Pre SVI Handbook, others.
      • Social impacts go well beyond job creation – how are these being factored into decision-making? Consider JEDI in job creation, but also consider impacts on local social fabric, local culture and customs, procedural justice, distributive justice, communication channels, community compensation packages, etc

4:00 – 4:15 PM Break

4:15 – 4:45 PM Report outs and summary of Day 1 (Amphitheater)

  • Breakout moderators

5:00 – 6:00 PM Poster session, hors d’oeuvres, drinks (Assembly Hall)

6:00 – 8:00 PM Dinner @ Rackham Graduate School (Assembly Hall)

May 18, 2023

8:00 – 8:45 AM   Continental breakfast (Assembly Hall)

8:45 – 8:50 AM Overview of scope of the day (Amphitheater)

8:50 – 10:40 AM Guidelines and Standardization (Amphitheater)

8:50 – 9:00 AM Overview of guidelines and standards around the world (Amphitheater)NETL slides

  • Michelle Krynock (NETL), Volker Sick (GCI)

9:00 – 9:15 AM DIN spec and path to ISO (Amphitheater)Slides

  • Stefan Kelnberger (DIN)

9:15 – 9:30 AM LCA Guidelines in Japan (Amphitheater)Slides

  • Shin Morimoto (AIST)

9:30 – 9:40 AM GCI  (Amphitheater)Slides

  • Stephen McCord (GCI)

9:40 – 9:50 AM NETL  (Amphitheater)

  • Sheikh Moni (NETL)

9:50 – 10:00 AM   BREAK

10:00 – 10:10 AM  NREL (Amphitheater)

  • Eric Tan

10:10 – 10:20 AM  ANL (Amphitheater)Slides

  • Michael Wang

10:20 – 10:30 AM  NRC (Amphitheater)Slides

  • Ryan Baker

10:30 – 10:40 AM  ACLCA (Amphitheater)

10:40 – 11:00 AM  Break

11:00  – 12:00 PM  Breakout sessions (plus virtual-only breakouts) (East Conference Room, West Conference Room, & Amphitheater) 

  • A: Methodologies to tools or ML/AI for data in LCA
    • Moderator: Alauddin Ahmed (U-M)
      • What tools are available? 
      • How will ML and AI help?
      • What risks might have to be considered?
  • B: Integration of Carbon Conversion LCA/TEA Methods and Carbon Removal
    • Moderator: Greg Cooney (DOE)
      • Biogenic carbon accounting
      • CO2 as waste input?
      • CO2 as a co-product
  • C: Certification vs Standardization pros and cons
    • Moderator: Amlan Mukherjee (MTU)
      • What are the pros and cons of standardization?
      • What are the pros and cons of a certification scheme?
      • What would the ideal certification look like?
      • Needs for standard data sets
      • EPDs

12:00 – 12:15 PM  Report outs & discussion (Amphitheater)

12:15 – 12:30 PM Concluding remarks: (Amphitheater)

  • Volker Sick (GCI) 

12:30 PM Lunch (Assembly Hall)

1:30 PM           Adjourn

1:30 – 4:00 PM   Writing team to work on a workshop report (East Conference Room)

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