“CCS: Bridge to a Cleaner Energy Future” is an initiative underwritten by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers to engage the global community in a conversation about the vital role carbon capture and storage (CCS) must play in mitigating climate change.
The video was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, in March 2018, during the GLOBE Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business. We extend our thanks to the CCS thought leaders who made themselves available during the summit to discuss their views and experience regarding the technologies and policies involved in moving CCS forward. Thanks also to our partners at Wide Awake Films for bringing this video to life.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the global solution no one is talking about, but everyone should be talking about. You can help by spreading the word about CCS as the critical solution to mitigate climate change, provide reliable energy production through a realistic mix of renewable and clean fossil fuels, and allow for workforce and economic growth. Here are a few ways you can help:
Share the link to the full or shortened versions of our video, “CCS: Bridge to a Cleaner Future,” and this website. If you tweet or post about this video, consider including the tags #CleanerFutureCCS, #CCS and tagging the video contributors (see social media handles below).
Send an email or letter to local, state/province and national leaders urging them to bring CCS to the top of energy policy agendas. Not sure what to say? Use our sample letter/email to get started.
Alison Cartier is the former Marketing and Communications Manager at Inventys, Inc. As a mother of four, she believes we have a moral obligation to be ambitious, ends focused, and technology inclusive in our efforts to reduce our impact on our planet. Inventys is focused on building a new carbon economy by creating a CO2 marketplace that tackles the gigatonne scale challenge.
Cory Channon is the International Director of Climate Change Policy Solutions for the M.O.R.E Work Investment Fund with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. A member of the Boilermakers since 1986, he served as a representative with Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta) for four years prior to his appointment as an International Rep, in 2003. In 2014, he was appointed Assistant to the International President and Assistant Director of Construction Sector Operations, Canada. Channon currently sits on the Executive Board of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Canada. He represents the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers as a member of the Global CCS Institute.
Dr. Julio Friedmann is the CEO of Carbon Wrangler and a Distinguished Fellow of the Energy Futures Initiative. He also served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, where his portfolio included research and programs in clean coal and carbon management, oil and gas systems, and international engagements in clean fossil energy. In his earlier role as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Dr. Friedmann focused on clean coal and carbon capture, utilization and storage.
Beth Hardy is the Vice President for Strategy & Stakeholder Relations with the International CCS Knowledge Centre. She 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 to collaboratively support the goals of the Paris Agreement. Prior to joining the Knowledge Centre, Hardy worked as legal counsel for the provincial Crown utility. She was the Acting Director of Climate Change with the Government of Saskatchewan.
Richard MacIntosh is the Assistant International Director of Climate Change Policy Solutions for the M.O.R.E. Work Investment Fund of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. A 35-year member of the Boilermakers, MacIntosh worked in a variety of heavy industries such as pulp and paper, hydroelectric, oil refining and cement. He also served as a Boilermaker instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology for 16 years. He served in numerous other union leadership capacities, including president of Local 359 (Vancouver, British Columbia).
Ian MacGregor is the Chairman and CEO of NW Refining Inc., a 50% partner in the North West Redwater Partnership, which is constructing a $25 billion bitumen refining complex in Alberta’s industrial heartland. The project will be the world’s first to incorporate CO2 capture and storage as an integral part of the design. This approach will allow the company to produce ultra-low sulfur diesel with one of the lowest carbon footprints of any petroleum-based fuel. MacGregor is also Chairman of Enhance Energy Inc., which is building the world’s largest carbon capture and storage system: the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, which will capture, transport and utilize CO2 as a feedstock for enhanced oil recovery. More than 14 million tonnes of CO2 will be injected annually into old oil reservoirs.
Mike Monea is the President and CEO of the International CCS Knowledge Centre, a nonprofit organization he helped establish with BHP Billiton and SaskPower. The Knowledge Centre is a culmination of his work as the president of CCS initiatives at SaskPower, where he led the creation and construction of the world's first carbon capture plant for a coal electric unit, valued at $1.5 billion CDN. He holds designations as a professional engineer and professional geoscientist.
Erik Nickel is the Director of Operations at the Petroleum Technology Research Centre in Saskatchewan, Canada, with responsibility for the management and delivery of enhanced oil recovery research programs, including STEPS and HORNET. He also manages the Centre’s carbon capture and storage projects (Aquistore and Sask CO2User). He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Geology and holds a Master of Science in geology from the University of Regina. Nickel spent 15 years as a research geologist with the petroleum geology branch of the Saskatchewan Geological Survey.
Sandra Odendahl is President and CEO of CMC Research Institutes, an environmental not-for-profit that accelerates the development of innovative, viable GHG-reducing technologies for industry. As a Canadian corporate sustainability pioneer, Sandra has a passion for using the power of business to drive positive social and environmental change. Previously, she headed RBC’s Corporate Sustainability, Social Finance and Social Innovation teams, and worked as an environmental scientist for Noranda. She is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng.) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Brad Page is the CEO of the Global CCS Institute, an International member-led organization seeking to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage to tackle climate change and provide energy security. He has extensive knowledge and experience in Australian and international energy and climate policy issues. Prior to joining the Institute, Brad spent almost eight years as CEO of the Energy Supply Association of Australia, steering the organization through a period of significant transformation while representing members on a wide range of energy market and climate change policy issues. During much of this time, he chaired the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s (CSIRO) Energy and Transport Sector Advisory Council.
Tim Wiwchar is the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) Portfolio Manager, where he oversees future opportunities for Shell’s Oil Sands business. Tim previously served as the Business Opportunity Manager for Shell’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage project. In that role, he oversaw the successful delivery of the project and worked closely with key stakeholders within the global CCS community. Wiwchar’s experience with Quest places him in a unique position to comment on the opportunities to make future CCS projects more economically feasible.