Accelerating CCUS: A Global Conference to Progress CCUS


There is broad international consensus that CCUS has a vital role to play in meeting global climate change ambitions. However, the International Energy Agency’s 2018 ‘Tracking Clean Energy progress’ highlights the limited growth in both CCUS on power and industry and has categorised CCUS as ‘off track’, noting that a significant increase in global CCUS deployment is required. The UK government is committed to working with global partners to reduce the costs of CCUS and accelerate its global deployment.




Organised by the UK CCS Research Centre, this event examined the CCUS research and innovation priorities (as identified by the Mission Innovation Carbon Capture Challenge), including on carbon capture, carbon dioxide storage and utilisation and greenhouse gas reduction technologies. It was an opportunity to hear from operational global CCUS commercial projects and learn how knowledge transfer from these projects can support future projects and research priorities. 



Below are the slides from the sessions that the UKCCSRC has been given permission to publish.

Session 1A: Knowledge transfer from commerical scale projects

Beth Hardy, CCS Knowledge

Owain Tucker, Shell

Torbjørg Fossum, Equinor

Session 1B: RD&D priorities for CO2 Capture and Utilisation

Jørild Svalestuen, Gassnova

Paula Carey, Carbon8

Peter Styring, University of Sheffield

Session 2A: CCUS as an enabler for th hydrogen economy

David Joffe, Committee on Climate Change


Session 2B:  RD&D priorities for CO2 storage and cross-cutting aspects of CCUS

Andrea Ramirez Ramirez, Delf University of Technology

David Reiner, University of Cambridge

Ryozo Tanaka, RITE

Stuart Haszeldine, University of Edinburgh

Session 3A: How can the public and private sectors support technology breakthroughs

Aage Stangeland, Research Council of Norway

Beth House, NERC

Session 3B: Technology options and roles for greenhouse gas removal technologies in delivering climate goals

David Joffe, Committee on Climate Change

Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks


Owain Tucker

Session 1A

Global Deployment Leader - CCS & Contaminated gas, Shell

Owain is the Global Deployment Leader for CO2 storage in Shell. Here he supports project delivery and is responsible for leading teams who appraise storage; technical assurance; integration; technology maturation; helping to shape the CCS research agenda; and the development of competences and capacity within Shell.


Torbjørg Fossum

Session 1A

Project Manager, Equinor

Torbjørg graduated from the University of Trondheim and joined Equinor in 1997. Her work experience includes positions within management, strategy development, projects and technology development. She is engaged with Equinor’s low carbon strategy and is project manager for a strategic technology project which has strong links to the Norwegian CCS project.

Takashi Kiga

Session 1A

Chief Engineer, IHI Corporation

Takashi is the Chief Engineer for the Boiler Business Unit in IHI. He is a fellow of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) and was awarded the medal for new technology (oxyfuel combustion) by JSME. He received his PhD in Environmental Science and Technology from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.



Jon Gibbins

Session 1A (chair)

Director UK CCS Research Centre

Jon has worked on coal and biomass gasification and combustion for over 35 years and on carbon capture and storage (CCS) since 2002, at Foster Wheeler, Imperial College, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sheffield. His immediate priority is open-access post-combustion capture deployment for rapid learning and cost-reduction.

Beth Hardy

Session 1A

Vice President, Strategy & Stakeholder Relations, CCS Knowledge Centre

Beth leads the Knowledge Centre’s considerations of policies and regulations that foster CCS; and focuses on helping to link CCS knowledge with other countries to reduce locked-in investments and collaboratively support the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Tony Espie

Session 1A

Advisor, CO2 Storage, BP

Tony manages a technology development programme on performance prediction for storage systems. He's been engaged in developing CCS technology since 1990’s. This included source-sink matching for CCS within BP, evaluation of CO2 EOR options in Alaska, the North Sea, and the Middle East, and assessing saline aquifer options in Australia.

Jørild Svalestuen

Session 1B

Senior Advisor Technology, Gassnova

Jørild has broad international experience working over 25 years within both research and production management in the process industry. She has published several peer-reviewed papers. Jørild joined Gassnova in 2011 where she is working as a specialist within the Norwegian national programme CLIMIT, funding research and development of CCS.

Earl Goetheer

Session 1B

Principal scientist, TNO

Earl works as principal scientist process technology at TNO on the development of CCU processes. Throughout his career, he has been involved in several large international EU-projects. He has published >100 publications and has >40 patents related to process engineering.  He has also been appointed in 2018 as professor at Technical University of Delft.

Paula Carey

Session 1B

Managing Director, Carbon8 Systems

Paula is a founding director of Carbon8 Systems, and has worked on the development of accelerated carbonation for >10 years. Paula was responsible for quality control and technology development in the commercialisation of carbonation in the UK through Carbon8 Aggregates who now have three fully commercial plants in operation.


Peter Styring

Session 1B

Director of the UK Centre for Carbon Dioxide Utilization, University of Sheffield

Peter’s expertise lie in the field of CO2 Utilisation, accelerating processes from the discovery scale to production. He’s an expert in CCU with increasing expertise in CDU policy, life cycle analysis and techno-economics. He has published numerous papers and textbooks on CCU and is co-author of Guidelines for Standardised LCA/TEA in CCU Processes.

Paul Fennell

Session 1B (chair)

UKCCSRC Deputy Director for Capture

Paul was joint director of ICL’s Centre for CCS. He has edited one book on high-temperature looping cycles, has 60 papers, 2 patents and is the 2015 winner of the IChemE’s Ambassador prize.




Andy Lewis

Session 2A

Innovation Manager, Cadent

Andy leads the future role of gas innovation project portfolio for Cadent the UK’s largest gas distribution network. Andy leads pioneering industry projects such as HyDeploy and also HyNet North West looking specifically at how hydrogen with CCUS can contribute to meeting the UK’s carbon reduction targets.



Dan Sadler

Session 2A

Programme Director (H21) | Head of Hydrogen Technologies (NGN), Northern Gas Networks

Dan works on projects designed to deliver critical evidence for a hydrogen gas grid conversion. These projects have the ultimate goal of supporting and influencing UK government and global energy policy. Previously Dan was seconded to BEIS advising across policy teams on all gas industry and wider energy related topics.

Henrik Andersen

Session 2A

Business Development Manager, Equinor

Henrik has an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Danish Technical University and 25 years’ experience in hydrogen, ammonia and CCS R&D, project and business development from working in Haldor Topsøe, Norsk Hydro and Equinor. He works on Equinor’s hydrogen activities including project director for the Equinor element of H21 North of England.

Jo Coleman

Session 2A (chair)

UK Energy Transition Manager, Shell

Jo has recently returned to Shell following 7 years as Director of Strategy at the Energy Technologies Institute, having previously worked at Shell for >20 years. Jo is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a degree from the University of Oxford and an MBA in International Management from the University of London.



Ryozo Tanaka

Session 2B

Senior Researcher, CO2 Storage Research Group, RITE

Ryozo has a role of facilitating international R&D collaboration on geological CO2 storage. His other important missions include contribution to international CCUS collaboration efforts through the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF), the Mission Innovation and the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG), representing Japan.

David Reiner

Session 2B

UKCCSRC Deputy Director for Systems & Policy

David has two decades’ experience on social, political and economic aspects of climate policy and CCS. He has led international studies on stakeholder acceptance of CCS, has been involved in scenario design and economic modelling of climate policy and has served as an advisor to government, industry and NGOs on CCS.


Andrea Ramirez Ramirez

Session 2B

Professor of Low Carbon Systems and Technologies, Delft University of Technology

Andrea’s research focuses on the evaluation of low-carbon technologies and the design of methodologies to assess their potential contribution to sustainable energy and resource systems. Her work combines bottom-up understanding of novel technologies with (life cycle) assessment of economic and environmental costs and benefits at system level.

Isabelle Czernichowski-Lauriol

Session 2B

Public Research Manager, BRGM

Isabelle has been involved in CO2 storage research since the first European project in 1993. Currently she coordinates the French node of the ECCSEL European Research Infrastructure on CO2 Capture and Storage and is President Emeritus of the CO2GeoNet Association. She holds an Engineering degree in geology and a PhD in geosciences.

Stuart Haszeldine

Session 2B (chair)

UKCCSRC Deputy Director for Storage

Stuart, FRSE holds the first Chair of CCS and was awarded the OBE for services to climate technologies. He is Director of SCCS and is the world’s first Professor of CCS. He is a key driving forces behind establishing CCS as a new industry in the UK, EU and worldwide.


Rodney Allam

Session 3A

Consultant, Rallam Consultant

Rodney, MBE is a chemical engineer and fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers who is credited with inventions related to power generation, notably the Allam power cycle, which is a generation process for fossil fuels, with integrated carbon dioxide capture.



Aage Stangeland

Session 3A

Special adviser, Research Council of Norway

Aage is a Speical Adviser at the Research Council of Norway. He is the Programme Coordinator for the CLIMIT programme, Norway’s program for funding RD&D within CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS). His career before joining the Research Council covered both research, industry and Bellona, an environmental NGO.

Damien Gerard

Session 3A

Commercial Director, OGCI

Damien is responsible for identifying and delivering commercially viable projects, globally. Previously he has developed projects at Blue Planet, a CCUS start-up and held various executive positions at BP Alternative Energy including Head of Strategy, CFO of BP Ventures and Chief of Staff.


Beth House

Session 3A

Head of Research - Earth and Energy Science, UKRI

Beth is responsible for strategic research investments for Earth and Energy Science. NERC’s energy portfolio is broad, but has a long standing history of funding research into the underpinning environmental science behind CCUS and associated technologies, critical to reducing the risks of investment, understanding environmental impact, and enabling effective regulation and deployment.

Juho Lipponen

Session 3A (chair)

Consultant; Coordinator of the Clean Energy Ministerial CCUS Initiative

Juho is an energy policy consultant, specialising in carbon capture and storage. Between 2010-2018 Juho was Head of Carbon Capture and Storage Unit at the International Energy Agency. Prior to joining the IEA, Juho held several positions at Eurelectric in Brussels. He is based in Paris, France.

Jason Shipstone

Session 3B

Group R&I Director, Drax

Jason has been with Drax for over 30 years and has held many roles up to senior management level. He also spent time on Excom before moving into business development and major projects, culminating in 5 years of work on Drax’s conversion to biomass, before becoming Group Research & Innovation Director.


Caroline Saunders

Session 3B (chair)

British Consul General, Calgary

Caroline is an environmental biologist turned British diplomat who in her current role and in her previous Foreign Office role as Head of Global Low Carbon Growth has worked on global CCUS collaboration. She helped establish the international Mission Innovation initiative.



Myles Allen

Session 3B

Professor of Geosystem Science, Environmental Change Institute

Myles's research focuses on how human and natural influences on climate contribute to observed climate change and risks of extreme weather and in quantifying their implications for long-range climate forecasts. He is Coordinating Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on 1.5 degrees.

David Joffe

Session 3B

Head of Modelling, Committee on Climate Change

David oversees the economy-wide analysis at the Committee on Climate Change. He has been lead author of several key CCC reports, including the Committee’s assessment of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy in early 2018, its advice on the Fifth Carbon Budget (covering 2028-32) and also on shale gas and hydrogen.


Mathilde Fajardy

Session 1B

Postgraduate Researcher, Imperial College London

Mathilde is a PhD student at the Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) and the Centre for Process Systems Engineering (CPSE). Her PhD investigates the potential of negative emission technologies (NETs) for climate mitigation, with a focus on Bio-energy combined with carbon capture and geological storage (BECCS).


Jan Wurzbacher

Session 3B

Founder & Co-CEO, Climeworks

Jan is a mechanical engineer (ETH Zürich and University of New South Wales, Sydney) and holds an MSc with distinction and a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich. In 2009, he founded Climeworks, which captures CO2 from air with the world’s first commercial carbon dioxide removal technology.