Our future, our planet, our jobs: CCUS and Clean Hydrogen

Technologies like carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS or CCS) and clean hydrogen developments are the climate change solutions that can truly reduce carbon dioxide emissions, preserve jobs, economies and social stability - and provide for reliable energy production. CCUS and Hydrogen technologies make it possible to continue moving our scientific and communal advancements forward as other climate change solutions are explored. Watch our latest video on Hydrogen Naturally's Bright Green™ Hydrogen project. And see our video "CCUS: Bridge to a Cleaner Energy Future" to learn more in depth about how CCUS and why it's a vital part of climate change solutions.

Want to learn more about CCUS and see the latest developments? Visit https://ccs.boilermakers.org/

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Our stance? PUT it in the ground through carbon capture technology.

About the Project

“CCUS: 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, use and storage (CCUS) 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 CCUS thought leaders who made themselves available during the summit to discuss their views and experience regarding the technologies and policies involved in moving CCUS forward. Thanks also to our partners at Wide Awake Films for bringing this video to life.

Take Action

I watched the video. What can I do?

Carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) is the global solution no one is talking about, but everyone should be talking about. You can help by spreading the word about CCUS 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:

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Share the link to the full or shortened versions of our video, “CCUS: Bridge to a Cleaner Future,” and this website. If you tweet or post about this video, consider including the tags #CleanerFutureCCUS, #CCUS and tagging the video contributors (see social media handles below).

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Stay on top of what's going on with CCUS.

Keep up with the latest news on CCUS developments by following:

  • The Global CCS Institute
  • The International CCS Knowledge Centre
  • Svante, Inc. (formerly Inventys, Inc.)
  • Carbon Wrangler
  • CMC Research Institutes
  • The Petroleum Technology Research Centre

Thought Leader Profiles

Alison Cartier


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.
* Inventys, Inc. is now Svante, Inc.

Julio Friedmann, CEO Carbon Wrangler


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.

Cory Channon


Cory Channon is the International Director of Climate Change Policy Solutions for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, a labor union representing workers in energy, heavy industry and manufacturing sectors across Canada and the United States.

Channon advocates on behalf of the Boilermakers union for the advancement of carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) technologies to help solve climate change challenges while also preserving and enhancing blue collar jobs in affected industries.

He is a regular participant and contributor at global climate events and works closely with leading CCUS proponents including the Global CCS Institute and the International CCS Knowledge Centre. Channon was instrumental in producing the Boilermakers’ educational video, “CCS, Bridge to a Cleaner Energy Future.”

Channon began his career with the Boilermakers in 1986 as a member of Local 146 in Edmonton, Alberta. He earned Red Seal journeyman welder designation and worked on numerous construction projects. He is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program. He is a former member of the Canadian Executive Board of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Canada and is a current member of the Pacific Regional Maintenance Council, member of the BC Allied Hydro Council, and member of the Saskatchewan & NWT Allied Council. In 2020, Channon was elected to the Board Selection Panel of the Global CCS Institute.

Richard MacIntosh


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).


Beth Valiaho


Beth Valiaho 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, Valiaho worked as legal counsel for the provincial Crown utility. She was the Acting Director of Climate Change with the Government of Saskatchewan.

Mike Monea


Mike Monea is the former 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.


Ian MacGregor


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.

Sandra Odendahl


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).

Erik Nickel


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.

Tim Wiwchar


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.

Brad Page


Brad Page is the former 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.


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