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GCI is excited to announce a May webinar series

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage rapidly receives increasing attention worldwide as a set of tools that can help address excess CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere and thereby mitigate climate change effects. Promoting research, development, and commercialization of carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies requires assessing the environmental and economic opportunities and risks. Life cycle assessments and techno-economic assessments are means to quantify these opportunities and risks.

May 4: (10 AM-12 PM)

Part I: International CCU Assessment Harmonization Group and AssessCCUS website

(Speakers: Volker Sick, Tim Skone, Grant Faber)

For consistent conduct and transparent reporting, a common framework is needed. The mission of the International CCU Assessment Harmonization Group is to create this common framework. We are bringing together related efforts, analyze differences and seek to eliminate them where possible. This webinar series presents for discussion the outcomes and recommendations from several of our sub teams.

With funding from the Department of Energy, the Global CO2 Initiative has created AssessCCUS, a site aimed at being the leading repository of techno-economic and life cycle assessment resources for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies. The website features high-level, introductory descriptions of CCUS, LCA, and TEA, along with tools, templates, videos, and other resources to guide users—who range from technology developers to investors and beyond—in accelerating CCUS commercialization. A custom glossary of LCA and TEA terms for CCUS technologies created by the International CCU Assessment Harmonization Group is also featured. Please feel free to review the website ( in advance of the workshop.

Part II: A harmonized glossary for TEA and LCA for CCUS

(Speaker: Lorenzo Cremonese)

The Nomenclature Team has compiled a new TEA and LCA glossary to meet the need for harmonized terminology in the field of CCUS technologies. This endeavor is particularly relevant to prevent misunderstandings when conducting and evaluating TEA and LCA studies, to enhance comparability and transparency of methodological procedures, and to facilitate integration of TEA and LCA studies.

The glossary reflects the harmonization group’s position to solve controversial terminologies (also arising from different regional perspectives), while remaining consistent with international standards such as the ISO terminologies. Definitions have been made accessible to a large audience (with a particular focus on policy makers), via the use of simplified language and practical examples.

During the webinar, the Nomenclature Team will introduce the audience to the goals of the glossary, its construction procedure, and the benefits that its application may bring to the CCUS community as a whole. We invite the audience to participate actively to help improve and expand the usability of the glossary even further.

May 11 (10 AM – 12PM)

Part I: How to define the Comparison Product System representativeness based on the Technology Readiness Level of the Proposed Product System – a recommended approach

(Speaker: Tim Skone)

Determining if capturing and utilizing carbon dioxide to produce new products or services will result in lower greenhouse gas emissions, a reduction in climate change impacts,  is a key outcome of the life cycle assessment/analysis.  What the Proposed Product System is compared to directly influences the outcome of this finding.  The International CCU Assessment Harmonization Group has recognized the importance of the state of technology development, understanding of the results will be used to inform development and/or commercialization strategies. A recommended set of Comparison Product System representativeness definitions have been developed in alignment with Technology Readiness Level definitions to balance data requirements, utility, and value. We invite you to provide your expert feedback to help make any final adjustments to enable a community-based understanding that will help drive consistency in global CCUS modeling. 

Part II: Baselines Scenarios

(Speaker: Michael Wang)

Part III: TEA and LCA case studies of CCUS using a harmonized method

(Speaker: Uisung Lee)

The Test Case Comparison Team will evaluate the economic and environmental aspects of three selected CCUS pathways including CO2 mineralization and CO2-to-jet technologies using harmonized TEA and LCA methods by the International CCU Assessment Harmonization Group. Through the analyses, the team will check the respective methods and compare the TEA/LCA results. During the webinar, we will present the framework, scope, and metrics of the analyses to receive feedback from the experts. 

May 12 (10 AM – 12:30 PM)

There are general challenges in dealing with emerging technologies, especially with respect to two issues: I) Identifying the maturity of a technology and II) Using Technology Learning Curves.

Part I: How to identify and deal with Technology Readiness Levels (TRL)

Arno Zimmermann

(Speakers: Tim Langhorst, Arno Zimmermann, Sheikh Moni)

In the first part, we present detailed descriptions of the technology readiness level (TRL) scale and the related data availability. Furthermore, we discuss identified challenges related to different TRL and key approaches to deal with those challenges together with the audience.

Part II: Assessing current Technology Learning Curves (TLC) and their use for emerging CCU technologies

(Speaker: Farid Bensebaa)

In the second part, we will provide a summary of a literature review on Technology Learning Curve (TLC) approaches developed for different emerging technologies. We will present the TLC approach we have adopted for carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technologies. The challenges related to data availability and the level of technology maturity will be further discussed in this context.

Furthermore, we will describe the use of this TLC approach in two specific case studies. One case study is related to the CO2 mineralization pathway and the second case study deals with the CO2-to-JetFuel pathway. We will also provide opportunities to the audience to ask questions and identify as a group next steps to address current challenges and shortcomings in integrating TLC in TEA/LCA. This seminar is intended for TEA and/or LCA practitioners working in emerging carbon capture and utilization technologies.

May 19 (10 AM – 12PM)

To best guide decision makers, environmental, economic, and other opportunities and risks should ideally be analyzed together or at least in a coordinated manner. We describe approaches to conduct and interpret such assessments.

Part I: TEA/LCA Integration Panel Discussion

Christophe Mangin

(Lead : Christophe Mangin)

The panel discussion will engage the audience on the importance of integrating life cycle assessments (LCAs) and techno-economic assessments (TEAs) when conducting analysis for carbon capture, utilization, and storage/sequestration (CCUS) technologies.

Two themes will be discussed. First, a summary of the present “state of affairs” regarding conducting integrated LCA and TEA of carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies; and second, a series of recommendations to integrate LCA/TEA assessments, to mitigate the limitations of conducting LCA and TEA if performed separately and to describe future LCA/TEA integration research efforts/opportunities.

Part II: Technology Performance Level assessment framework for low-TRL technologies in the CCUS industry

(Speaker: Nicole Mendoza)

Technology readiness levels, though widely used in many industries, don’t adequately represent a technology’s performance and development. The Technology Performance Level (TPL) assessment framework and methodology provides an integrated, holistic assessment of a technology’s techno-economic performance potential and its environmental impacts, social impacts, safety, and risks. It can account for non-linear and qualitative design drivers, quantify trade-offs between various metrics, guide developers during the development process, and inform the best technology development trajectory. Please join us for some exciting discussions on best practices and harmonizing technology assessment methodologies.

May 26 (10 AM – 12:30 PM)

Preview of “Techno-Economic Assessment & Life Cycle Assessment Guidelines for CO2 Utilization (Version 2)”

(Speakers: Stephen McCord, Tim Langhorst)

In this online session, we will present the planned structure of the ‘Techno-Economic Assessment & Life Cycle Assessment Guidelines for CO2 Utilization (Version 2)’, which will be published in 2022. Version 2 will include two additional parts: One on integrated enviro-economic assessment (integrated LCA & TEA) and one on assessment of emerging technologies. In-depth discussion addresses methods to close data gaps when evaluating emerging technologies. This discussion will be based on the definitions of technology readiness levels and data availability presented in our previous session (May 12th). Also planned is a brief discussion on how to align & combine LCA & TEA and on the potential benefits of this (improved multi-dimensional analysis & improved decision support).

Sara Hughes, Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos, & Hilda Blanco
Sara Hughes, Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos, & Hilda Blanco

Urban climate governance in North America

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm ET

Join the Ford School of Public Policy for a conversation with leading scholars of urban climate governance. Find out what some of the largest North American cities have been doing to address climate change, coordination/collaboration among them, and how their different sub-national and national contexts affect their efforts. This event will feature presentations from Sara Hughes (University of Michigan), Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos (National Autonomous University of Mexico), and Hilda Blanco (University of Southern California).

This event is part of the 2020-21 North American Colloquium (NAC), organized by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with generous support from the Meany Family Foundation, and co-sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and the Center for Research on North America at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The objective of the NAC is to provide a forum that strengthens a wider North American conversation and more fruitful trilateral cooperation between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Sign up for more information about this year’s NAC here.

Ford Collq. N. Am Climate Policy Pub Opinion
Christopher P. Borick, Erick Lachapelle, and Itzkuauhtli Zamora Saenz

Public opinion on North American climate policy

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Join the Ford School of Public Policy for a conversation about what the Canadian, United States, and Mexican public thinks about climate change, and about how government policy should address it.

Christopher P. Borick (Muhlenberg College) and Erick Lachapelle (University of Montreal) will present brand new data from their ongoing survey of public opinion in Canada and the United States. Itzkuauhtli Zamora Saenz will discuss Mexican public opinion as it relates to policy proposals in the Mexican Congress.


Mini-series of interactive webinars on harmonized assessments of CO2 utilization technologies

First two weeks of May 2021

More than ever before it is necessary to objectively and transparently assess CO2 utilization technologies to ensure that efforts are put into technology that can best achieve financial viability and at the same time meet climate related goals. An international team of experts collaborates to further advance guidance for assessments and will offer a mini-series of webinars in early May that illustrates the current status of thorough assessments as well as invites community input to further help advance carbon dioxide capture and utilization. More details to be announced soon. 

9th Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals

March 23 -24, 2021

The conference is one of the oldest and most established worldwide and has developed into a unique meeting place for the entire Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) and Power-to-X industry and its customers. The first day will focus on CO2-based transport and aviation fuels, the second on CO2-based bulk and fine chemicals. CCU technologies are essential to meet the future demand for carbon from renewable sources. Take a look into the near future and exchange ideas with the leading pioneers. 

Previous Events:

Building the Future: Public opinion on North American climate policy A Distinguished Lecture Series for Academics and Professionals

Friday, March 12, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

Buildings: A Climate Solution tells the emerging story of architecture that heals the climate by storing more carbon than ever emitted: Building to cool the planet. Around the world, the theory and the practice of making “carbon smart” buildings is being developed by a rapidly expanding network of experts and innovators. Here we will explore the time value of carbon, low-carbon concrete and the new family of low-carbon building codes, and plant-based, carbon-storing materials, mapping an ambitious but practical pathway toward a built environment that has net zero operating emissions but also acts as a massive carbon sponge.

Discussion panelists include 

  • Lucca Henrion, Research Fellow, Global CO2 Initiative, University of Michigan
  • Lionel Lemay, Executive Vice President/Division Head, Structures and Sustainability, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)
  • Missy Stults, Sustainability and Innovations Manager, City of Ann Arbor

Energy regulation in North America

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Join the Ford School of Public Policy for a conversation with a former energy policymaker and regulator from the largest and most active U.S. state on climate (California) and a leading Canadian academic on North American energy regulation and policy.

Former California Public Utility Commissioner Dian Grueneich (Stanford) and Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy Dr. Monica Gattinger (University of Ottawa) will discuss a range of topics including how regulators approach energy projects that cross national borders, the role of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in transnational electricity policy, and how climate change and energy policy are becoming increasingly intertwined.

Click here for more information.

Innovation Award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2021”

Submit a nomination by January 31st. 

2021 MLK Day Social Equity and Justice in Carbon Forum was held on January 27, 2021. In case you missed the Forum, watch the recording.

In honor of MLK month, U-M’s Global CO2 Initiative Undergraduate Association and Student Sustainability Coalition hosted a virtual event on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 to talk about social equity and justice in energy and carbon system via Zoom.

Climate change is the defining issue of the 21st century. As we transition from fossil-based energy systems, it is critical that we do not replicate nor further the economic, social and environmental problems that exist today. Click here to watch the recording of the Forum.

Webinar event to launch version 1.1 of the Global CO2 Initiative’s TEA & LCA guidelines for CO2 Utilization. In case you missed the webinar, watch the recording.

This webinar highlighted progress made on the guidelines, incorporating additional practitioner community feedback and the latest advances the CO2nsistent team has made in the areas of TEA & LCA for CCU and the integration of both into singular studies. The webinar included an overview of additional work carried out by the project team (three new worked examples & the production of additional guidance for non-LCA/TEA practitioners) as part of our wider aim to provide guidance for all those interested in the fields LCA & TEA for CCU. 

Click here to watch the workshop recording.

AirMiners Virtual 2020 Conference: “Foundations for a carbon negative future”

The AirMiners global community of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs working on carbon negative technology will host its first conference online. Themed “Foundations for a carbon negative future”, and featuring carbon removal pioneer Dr Klaus Lackner as keynote speaker, there will be sessions on business models, fundraising, and technology as well as virtual “open space” areas on topics selected by registered delegates.

The conference is open to experts in the field as well as anyone interested in learning more about our carbon negative future. Attendance is free or with $10 voluntary donation to support carbon removal efforts from conference activities.

Track 1: Business Models to get to market. Moderator: Alexsandra Guerra, Nori. Panelists: Diego Saez-Gil, Pachama, Eri Gentry, Negative, Nicholas Eisenberger, Pure Energy Partners

Track 2: Cutting edge carbon technologies. Moderator: Heidi Lim, Opus 12. Panelists:Peter Eisenberger, Global Thermostat, Christian Shearer, Regen Network

Track 3: Networking and Open Discussions + How We Made the AirMiners Conference Carbon Negative

Concluding Keynote: Next Steps for a Carbon Negative Future

plant, chemistry, and recycling illustrations

The right turn – How Covestro Drives the Circular Economy

  • Date: May 26, 2020 from 11AM to 12:30 PM Central Europe Standard Time
  • Cost: Free, register online

The coronavirus pandemic reminds us that it is time to create a better, truly sustainable world.

New approaches are needed to tackle global challenges such as climate change, resource limitation and population growth. Above all, consumption and production must move away from one-time use: the future belongs to the circular economy.

The plastics industry makes indispensable contributions to this. And Covestro, one of the world’s largest polymer companies, wants to be a pioneer in this.

In an interactive live webcast, Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann will explain the role Covestro and the chemical industry are playing in the transformation to a circular economy.

Among the speakers are renowned experts such as Professor Volker Sick, Director Global CO2 Initiative, and Jacob Duer, President and CEO of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.

You will receive further information on the exact procedure after your registration.