Summit on Realizing the Circular Carbon Economy: Charting a Course for Innovations in Agriculture and Energy

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July 24, 2018 8:00AM MDT to July 25, 2018 5:00PM MDT

Denver Marriott West

1717 Denver West Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401

As a primary component of many materials and most fuels, carbon is the backbone of the modern global economy. The economy’s fundamental reliance on carbon presents the evolving challenge of managing this resource more efficiently as well as the opportunity to enable a future economy that serves as a tool to manage carbon circularly. The efficient management of carbon throughout its lifecycle from atmospheric CO2 through organic products and back to CO2 will require new strategies and advanced technologies to be developed and made available in all sectors of our economy. Crosscutting technologies, especially those for the land, agricultural, and energy sectors, will be uniquely important for realizing a Circular Carbon Economy (CCE), which presents the opening for USDA and DOE to discuss shared challenges and opportunities.     

Further, these technologies provide an opportunity to address challenges to our food and energy security, such as climate change, natural resource and land limitations, and continued population growth. Although addressing these varied challenges will require targeted strategies, there are intersections around carbon management and removal that would serve to enable a CCE and permit broad opportunities to solve these challenges simultaneously.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will convene a summit to consider the challenges, opportunities, and needs involved in realizing the CCE. The summit will focus on defining and valuing ecosystem services in the context of a carbon-based economy; renewable fuels and energy; agricultural technology and innovation; land management; carbon cycles and sequestration (both engineered and natural); and lifecycle, sustainability and technoeconomic analyses. Positioning the United States as a major architect of a sustainable and resilient CCE is critical for maintaining economic competitiveness in the future, and DOE and USDA will use stakeholder input from this workshop to develop a federal roadmap that identifies the technical advancements needed to realize the CCE.

Lodging & Transportation

To reserve a room at the group rate of $169 USD per night plus taxes, make your reservation for the Denver Marriott West online.  This room rate is available for July 23 through July 26, 2018.  The deadline for reservations at this rate is Friday, July 6, 2018.

This hotel does not provide shuttle service to the Denver International Airport.  There is no public transportation near this location.

Keynote Speakers

View confirmed keynote speakers for the Summit on Realizing the Circular Carbon Economy.

Agenda (as of 7/3/18)

Tuesday, July 24th

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Coffee and Registration

Main Room

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome & Summit Overview

Overview | Sarah Federman, USDA

 

Welcome | USDA-OCS

Welcome from DOE-BETO | Carla Frisch, DOE

Main Room

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Keynotes

No Carbon Left Behind| Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech

Rightsizing and Unleashing Carbon Removal towards Ambitious Climate Goals | Katharine Mach, Stanford University

Main Room

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM 

Break & Market Place of Ideas

Foyer

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM 

Lightning Talks

Topics 1-6 

Main Room

11:10 AM – 12:15 PM 

Keynotes

The Role of Landscape Design and Bioenergy | Virginia Dale, University of Tennessee

Financeable Business Models that Link Energy, Power, and Agriculture | Jeffrey Brown, Stanford University

Main Room

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM 

Lunch

Main Room

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM 

Panels & Discussion

Natural and Managed Systems:

- Plant Breeding & Innovation for Carbon-Use Efficiency | Maureen Hanson, Cornell University

- Opportunities within Agricultural Landscapes | Marcia DeLonge, Union of Concerned Scientists

- Leveraging Algae Biomass and Engineered Systems to Manage Carbon| Charles Greene, Cornell University

 

Engineered Systems:

 - Upgrading Biogas to Meet Pipeline Quality Standards – Adventures with Archaea| Ron Kent, Southern California Gas Company

- Designing Plastics for the Circular Economy| Robert Allen, IBM

- GHG Accounting and Lifecycle Analysis for Carbon Negative Pathways | Marci Baranski, USDA

Location A

 
 
 

 

Location B

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM 

Break & Market Place of Ideas 

Foyer

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM 

Breakout Sessions

A. Plant Breeding & Innovation

B. Landscape Management

C. Land Sparing Strategies Using Algae Biomass

D. Merging Biology and Chemistry for Better Carbon Management

E. Designing Plastics for the Circular Economy

F. GHG Accounting and Lifecycle Analysis for Carbon Negative Pathways

Various Locations

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM 

Breakout Session Rapporteurs

Leveraging Natural and Managed Systems for Carbon Management

Leveraging Built Systems for Carbon Management 

Main Room

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM 

Reception

TBD at Hotel

 

Wednesday, July 25th

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Coffee and Registration

Main Room

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Keynotes

Towards Sustainable Energy and Materials:

Integrated Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)| Alissa Park, Columbia University

Developing a R&D Agenda for a New Carbon Economy| Noah Deich, Center for Carbon Removal

Re-Design of Metabolic Infrastructure for Carbon Management | James Liao, Academia Sinica

Main Room

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM 

Break & Market Place of Ideas

Foyer

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM 

Lightning Talks

Topics 7-12 

Main Room

11:10 AM – 12:15 PM

Keynotes

Progress in Increasing Carbon Uptake into Managed Systems via Engineering of Photosynthesis | Stephen Long, University of Illinois

Near-Term Opportunities to Develop Carbon Dioxide Removal in the United States| Daniel Sanchez, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Main Room

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM 

Lunch

Main Room

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM 

Panels & Discussion
Natural and Managed Systems:

- Plant Breeding & Innovation for Multiple Ecosystem Services | Jerry Tuskan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

- Landscape Management for Multiple Ecosystem Services | Cristina Negri, Argonne National Laboratory

- Future of Food | Presenter

Engineered Systems:

- CCS and Direct Air Capture| Klaus Lackner, Arizona State University

- Leveraging the Bioeconomy for Large Scale Carbon Management

     - BECCS | Ron Sands, USDA

     - Building with Biomass | Rick Bergman, USDA - Forest Service

Challenges and Opportunities in Plastics Upcycling| Gregg Beckham, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Location A
 
 
 

 

Location B

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM 

Break & Market Place of Ideas 

Foyer

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM 

Breakout Sessions

A. Plant Breeding & Innovation

B. Quantifying Ecosystem Services

C. Future of Food

D. CCS and Direct Air Capture

E. Leveraging the Bioeconomy for Large Scale Carbon Management via BECCS

F. Reimagining Plastic Degradation for Upcycling

Various Locations

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM 

Breakout Session Rapporteurs

Leveraging Natural and Managed Systems for Carbon Management

Leveraging Built Systems for Carbon Management 

Main Room

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM 

Closing Remarks

Main Room

Contact Us

For more information about the Summit on Realizing the Circular Carbon Economy, please contact David Babson (David.Babson@ee.doe.gov) or Sarah Federman (Sarah.Federman@osec.usda.gov).