Speaker: Charles McConnell, Executive Director – Carbon Management and Energy Sustainability, University of Houston
Description: What will matter most? The facts and realities? The perceptions? Both? We have entered a time where the history and economics of our industry are less important than ever and the new, low-carbon world will require creativity and change. Investor actions, shareholder movements, “environmental justice” and regulatory priorities will play a larger role than ever before in our history. What will the realities of the energy transition mean via an infrastructure bill? The EPA regulatory regime? State and regional influences? An international court of public appeal impacting the entire U.S. energy industry? And the role and definition of “environmental justice” in the decision-making criteria? Join this session for a comparison and contrast of the competitive advantages available to energy, pipeline, and utility asset owner/operators given the facts. Followed by a discussion of the energy transition we are and will experience viewed through the lens of CO2 and methane management paired with the full meaning and definition of energy sustainability to you.
Lessons learned from the global pandemic and the innovative business strategies the pipeline industry employed to continue doing business in a challenging environment. How can the industry leverage these new practices to enhance operations in the years ahead?
Strategies for the pipeline industry to reduce emissions, improve environmental stewardship and overcome opposition forces while continuing to supply the critical energy needed to fuel the economy.
Decarbonization initiatives are driving forces towards the use of low-carbon gases and fuels toward what is likely a three gas solution: CH4 (Natural Gas), H2 (Hydrogen) and CO2 (Carbon Dioxide). Incorporating clean hydrogen as an energy carrier can leverage the nation’s existing, widespread, and robust energy infrastructure to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon future. In addition, the associated fuel cell opportunities; Hydrogen as a type of storage paired with renewable power generation; incorporation of carbon capture and/or carbon sequestration options with hydrocarbons; and Hydrogen as a transportation fuel; etc., all of which open disruptive opportunities for pipeline owner/operators, LDCs, and the engineering, construction, and technology providers that serve them. Attend this session and gain insights into where this market is headed and the implications to your business!
Navigating the permitting and regulatory changes impacting the oil and gas pipeline and distribution industry.