April 10-14, 2016
In late 2015 world leaders finalized the landmark Paris Agreement at COP21. Although the agreement represents a historical step toward collaboration on climate, the total amount of emissions reduction commitments is considered insufficient to meet the 2°C, and especially the more ambitious 1.5°C, warming goal. However, history is filled with technological innovations that were once unimaginable. As new technologies come to market, almost regardless of the field of use, costs have continued to fall in real terms. Whether or not we can expect the same from CO2 mitigation technologies will impact whether the world can actually meet its climate commitments and goals. This presentation will look at the challenges facing CO2 mitigation and the ultimate role of innovation.
Robin Batterham, "The good, the bad and the ugly" in "CO2 Summit II: Technologies and Opportunities", Holly Krutka, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association Inc. Frank Zhu, UOP/Honeywell Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2016). http://dc.engconfintl.org/co2_summit2/2