The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) hosted its third annual Carbon Management Day webinar on December 1 (12.01). With more than 1,000 attendees, the webinar brought leading innovators, advocates, and stakeholders together to recognize the progress and advancements made in carbon management to date and the work that still needs to be done. We celebrate Carbon Management Day on December 1 because 12.01 is the atomic mass of carbon. 

Thank you to everyone who joined the Carbon Management Day celebration, and in case you missed it, a recap is included below. A recording and the presentation for the webinar is available on FECM’s website.

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ROLE OF CARBON MANAGEMENT IN REACHING NET-ZERO EMISSIONS

Noah Deich, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Carbon Management, opened the Carbon Management Day webinar by welcoming attendees and explaining what we mean when we discuss carbon management. 

He went on to discuss the Biden-Harris Administration’s Long Term Climate Strategy and the role that carbon management plays in meeting current climate goals.

“The reason that we’re working on this entire suite of technologies is because it is essential for us in meeting our mid-century climate goals,” said Mr. Deich. “And while the overall contribution of carbon management to the economy-wide decarbonization might be relatively small – almost 20 percent of what needs to be done – it’s still going to require a large effort. Because while the carbon management industry has been around for decades…we haven’t yet seen this industry lift off.” 

Watch Mr. Deich’s segment: Beginning – 4:47

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CARBON MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW

Mark Ackiewicz​, Director​ for the Office of Carbon Management Technologies, took a deeper dive into the system of carbon management technologies – capturing carbon emissions, transporting carbon emissions, and storing and/or converting it to useful products. 

“Global modeling scenarios indicate that to achieve net-zero emissions, carbon management is an absolute necessity as part of a portfolio of technology options,” he said. “In many industries, such as cement, there are no other options as the manufacturing process itself produces carbon dioxide and the only way to remove it is by capturing it.” He went on to note that a number of decarbonization technologies may be used in a single industrial facility, as detailed in the recent Pathways to Commercial Liftoff: Industrial Decarbonization and Pathways to Commercial Liftoff: Carbon Management reports.  

Mr. Ackiewicz also discussed the latest data from the Global CCS Institute’s Global Status report, which shows that operational carbon capture and storage (CCS) plants have nearly doubled over the past decade. He indicated that government and private sector investments, along with policy and regulation, have played a key role in this increase.

Watch Mr. Ackiewicz’s segment: 4:47 - 12:21

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CARBON MANAGEMENT EFFORTS ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Sarah Forbes, Deputy Director for the Office of Carbon Management Technologies, described our carbon management efforts across all of DOE.

“[Within FECM,] we have research happening across five divisions,” Ms. Forbes said, “hydrogen with carbon management, point source carbon capture, carbon transport and storage, carbon dioxide removal, and carbon conversion.” Her remarks included an overview of projects advanced through the Inflation Reduction Act, which boosted the 45Q tax credit, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which provided funding for carbon management projects across the entire value chain. 

Ms. Forbes highlighted several different R&D programs, including Carbon Capture Demonstration Studies, the CarbonSAFE initiative, Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs, Carbon Dioxide Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (CIFIA), and Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs, some of which are joint efforts between multiple DOE offices. 

In addition to DOE’s efforts, Ms. Forbes indicated that market mechanisms, like purchasing agreements, were important to achieving liftoff of critical carbon management projects. 

Watch Ms. Forbes’ segment: 12:21 – 28:17

ENGAGEMENT UPDATE

Ms. Mary-Ellen Kwong and Dr. Kelli Roemer, Engagement Advisors in the Office of Carbon Management, addressed FECM’s stakeholder engagement efforts. 

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Engagement Activities

Ms. Kwong began by stating the importance of engagement with communities and stakeholders. “DOE understands the importance of conducting our own engagement. Teams have been engaging around the country where project development is expected to occur,” she said. She highlighted several examples of engagement activities that took place in 2023, including Carbon Management Workshops in Utah, New Mexico, and Alaska, as well as the Carbon Management Dialogue in Houston, Texas. These events illustrate DOE’s focus on ensuring meaningful, two-way engagement

Watch Ms. Kwong’s segment: 28:17 – 35:35

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Community Benefits Plans and Responsible Carbon Management Initiative

Dr. Roemer, then discussed Community Benefits Plans that help ensure that projects funded by FECM are carried out in the most responsible ways. These plans are required as part of DOE funding applications and they are reviewed just like the technical project information. 

She also detailed DOE’s efforts to launch a Responsible Carbon Management Initiative. “The initiative aims to extend the practices embodied in the Community Benefits Plan framework to projects that are funded entirely by the private sector,” Dr. Roemer said. DOE issued a request for information on draft principles for the Initiative and indicated it had received over 80 comments, which are published in the Federal Register

Watch Dr. Roemer’s segment: 35:35 – 41:54

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FIRESIDE CHAT WITH U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY CARBON MANAGMENT LEADERS

Rory Jacboson, Senior Advisor for Deployment, U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, led a fireside chat alongside Noah Deich, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Carbon Management and Todd Shrader, Director of Project Management for the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations.   

They engaged in a dialogue on how carbon management bridges gaps across the entire department in our clean energy strategy and the role each office plays, from research and development, to demonstration, deployment, and commercialization. 

Watch the fireside chat segment: 41:54 – 1:22:35

Q&A AND CLOSING REMARKS

Following a robust question and answer (Q&A) session, Mr. Deich invited attendees to continue engaging with DOE. “I get the privilege of working with an incredibly dedicated and talented set of civil servants every day here, working on carbon management, and they are all committed to engaging with the community,” said Mr. Deich. “Please don’t wait for the next carbon management webinar. Reach out to us.” 

He announced that, next year, FECM will celebrate Carbon Management Week, August 5-9, 2024. 

Watch the question and answer segment: 1:22:35 – 1:29:33 and the closing remarks segment: 1:29:33 – Close

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