SPE Online Education
An Action Plan for Carbon Capture and Storage in California: Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions
Recorded On: 01/26/2021
California is a leader in addressing climate change. With some of the strongest decarbonization targets in the country—40 percent emission reductions by 2030, carbon neutrality by 2045, and net-negative emissions thereafter—California continues to pursue innovative policies to achieve ambitious emissions reductions. The Stanford Center for Carbon Storage and EFI recently released a joint study analyzing key options, including a set of technologies and support infrastructure for Carbon Capture and Storage that could enable some “quick wins”. CCS, like all other emission reduction technologies, is not a “silver bullet” technology for decarbonization. Carbon capture paired with permanent geologic storage offers a viable and important option for reducing emissions from the industrial and electricity sectors that are key contributors to California’s economy and the reliability of its grid. With CCS, these facilities and sectors could be rapidly decarbonized and continue to make major contributions to the state’s economy while helping it meet its near-term and midcentury climate targets.
This webinar is categorized under the Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability technical discipline.
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Co-Director, Stanford Center for Carbon Storage
Sally M. Benson is the Precourt Family Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; she studies technologies and pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions including geologic storage of CO2 in deep underground formations and energy systems analysis for a low-carbon future. She also co-directs the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage. Prior to joining Stanford, Benson was Division Director for Earth Sciences, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences and Deputy Director at LBNL. Professor Benson serves on the Board of Directors for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Climate Central. Currently she also serves on the Advisory Boards for Argonne National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton’s Adlinger Center, Japan’s Initiative for the Cool Earth Forum, and the Lahore University of Management Science in Pakistan. Over the past several years she participated in a number of National Academy of Sciences, Secretary of Energy, and National Petroleum Council research needs assessments related to carbon management. She also is on the Editorial Board for Energy and Environmental Sciences.
Managing Director, Stanford Center for Carbon Storage
Dr. Sarah Saltzer is the Managing Director of the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage and the Stanford Carbon Initiative. Sarah spent 25 years at Chevron where she held a series of scientific, managerial, and executive roles. She has a diversity of experience in positions of increasing responsibility, including geology research and teaching, petroleum engineering, leading exploration teams, competitor analysis and business planning, executive responsibilities for all business operations for Chevron’s multi-national environmental remediation company, and responsibility for SEC-mandated reserves reporting for a quarter of the globe. Dr. Saltzer holds a M.S. and B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
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