Dr. Jennifer Wilcox

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, is attending the 16th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-16) Conference on October 24 and 25, 2022.

This year’s event, which will be held in Lyon, France, is anticipated to bring more than 1,000 participants together to discuss technologies that will contribute to achieving the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement—an international treaty signed in 2015 by countries that share a common goal of combatting climate change.

At the GHGT-16 Conference, Dr. Wilcox will participate on a panel and provide keynote remarks to discuss why advancing a suite of carbon management solutions is critical to achieving a future net-zero greenhouse gas economy.

We met with Dr. Wilcox ahead of the event to hear what she plans to discuss first-hand.

Advancing Carbon Capture and Storage to Achieve a Clean Energy Future

On day one of the conference (Monday, October 24), Dr. Wilcox will participate in a panel discussion alongside industry experts to outline the carbon capture and storage landscape from a government and policy perspective.

“There is no silver bullet or technology that will address climate change on its own,” explained Dr. Wilcox. “That’s why we need a comprehensive portfolio of carbon management solutions, including carbon capture and storage, that can be used, collectively, to improve energy and industrial sectors that are currently difficult to decarbonize and to do so in a sustainable way.”

During the panel, Dr. Wilcox will also provide insight into how recent U.S. legislation will bolster investments in the carbon management industry and deliver real-world solutions. For example, she mentioned the recent DOE announcement that will provide nearly $4.9 billion to three programs that will deploy infrastructure that will help to manage and store carbon pollution.

“This announcement is just one of our many investments here in the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management. And with the historic U.S. investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, we can continue to develop real-world carbon management solutions that meet our climate obligations, ensure energy security and reliability, create high-wage jobs, and benefit communities at the frontline,” said Dr. Wilcox.

The Role of Carbon Management in Achieving Net-Zero Goals

On day two of the conference (Tuesday, October 25) Dr. Wilcox will provide a keynote where she will outline the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s Strategic Vision, legislation that is accelerating carbon management in the United States, the necessity behind advancing direct air capture and regional clean hydrogen hubs, and more.

“With the climate goals established by the Biden-Harris Administration, along with those outlined by the Department of Energy, we have the tools that we will need to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize the economy,” said Dr. Wilcox. “At the end of the day, we are investing in these carbon management technologies to ensure we can provide clean and affordable energy to all communities as we move toward a net-zero greenhouse gas future.”

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