The University of Texas at Austin partners with the Carbon Capture and Storage Association to host a Side Event at COP-18

November 28, 2012 -- The University of Texas at Austin partnered with the Carbon Capture and Storage Association to host a Side Event at the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change/COP-18 in Doha, Qatar. The Side Event, held on the afternoon of November 27, 2012, focused on "CCS Capacity Building and Global Status: Educational Opportunities and Lessons Learned." 

Katherine Romanak of the Bureau of Economic Geology at UT Austin chaired the event, introducing the various speakers, leading discussions and fielding questions from the audience during the session. Luke Warren of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association spoke about the current global status of CCS and deployment needs, highlighting the importance of capacity building to successful deployment, specifically in developing countries.

Hilary Clement Olson of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department and the Institute for Geophysics at UT Austin, discussed the various geological carbon storage capacity building initiatives undertaken by the university's STORE training center. Tim Dixon of the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme presented an overview of the organizations CCS Summer School and highlighted the attendance of graduate students and post-docs from almost 50 different countries from around the world.

Marcus Schwanger, CO2 Technical Manager at the Qatar Shell Science and Technology Centre, gave an overview of Shell's CCS projects around the word and the companies support of local capacity building in Qatar as a co-sponsor of the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre. James Godfer, First Secretary Climate Change UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Doha, showed several case studies to illustrate how the UK government has assisted with carbon capture and storage in developing countries.

The UNFCCC/COP-18 has a competitive process to award side events. A proposal was put in by Olson (UT Austin) and Warren (CCSA) several months before the meeting, with side event announcements made approximately two months before the meeting. The University of Texas at Austin has also hosted an exhibit booth at the meeting, promoting geological carbon storage research, education and training programs at various university units: Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Gulf Coast Carbon Center at the Bureau of Economic Geology and Institute for Geophysics. The booth served as a hub of resource information on CCS capacity building activity, with other CCS organizations such as IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, offering additional information on capacity building opportunities.