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How to shorten the time from demonstration to commercialisation of new industrial decarbonisation tech

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How to shorten the time from demonstration to commercialisation of new industrial decarbonisation tech
Alex Cameron, Founder of Decarb Connect talks with Dr Gbemi Oluleye, Research Associate – Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College.

The climate challenge (and current netzero commitments) mean that industry needs solutions that can go from innovation to commercial scale much more rapidly than usual. We need technologies and business models to scale quickly – so what types of simultaneous innovations are required of policy, business models and technology to ensure that we decarbonise industry in time for Net Zero 2040/2050?

Industry, policy, technology challengers and consumers – all of us play a role in accelerating the time it will take for decarbonisation innovation to get to commercial scale. Alex talks with Dr Gbemi Oluleye to explore how the wider system could come together to influence scalability of tech.

This episode is for you if you’re considering investment in an early stage tech, if you’re involved in policy or if you’re an industrial wondering how you’ll meet critical co2 commitments. If you’re new to the fiield of industrial decarbonisation, our discussion about the challenges for scaling technologies that work quickly enough is a great starting point for immersing yourself in the subject. The conversation also examines emerging opportunities including Decarbonisation As Service and Decarbonisation System Orchestration.

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Transforming cement – whats the route from 8% of global co2 emissions to carbon neutrality?

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Churning out 7-8% of global co2 emissions puts cement companies in the sights of climate activists, investors and anyone looking for an easy headline. Ian Riley, CEO of the WCA, talks with Alex about the cement sector and the active decarbonisation projects that are already underway.

With the industry owning a serious emissions number, there are no shortage of detractors – but it is also a sector that is pursuing a wide range of product & operational decarbonisation projects. Energy efficiency, potential alternative fuels, cementitious additives and next gen technologies like CCUS are all up for discussion. Find out about some of the hottest projects – but also the reality of the policy impediments and opportunities that need resolving.

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Carbon Pricing, Technology Readiness and the Value of Patent/IP analysis

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If you like data, strong views and a clear perspective on what will make decarbonisation viable, this session is for you. Alex talks with Rob West about Thunder Said Energy’s recent analysis of millions of patents and lines of data around the core technologies linked to net zero.

Renewables, industrial efficiency, CCUS & hydrogen are all up for discussion – as is the analysis that points to nature-based solutions being the a key route to deliver ing net zero. Whatever your interest in decarbonisation, settle in for different perspective and (sometimes) controversial insights.

We talk carbon pricing, technology readiness and the value of patent/IP analysis in determining the right rout forward.

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Are you an unlocker or an accelerator of decarbonisation?

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Are you an unlocker or an accelerator of decarbonisation?

With so many competing priorities in hard to abate sectors, actionable clarity on how to achieve deep decarbonisation remains elusive for many companies.

Clearly, sectors are a very different stages: some are enacting zero carbon strategies with clear targets and pilots in progress; some are still working out how and what to measure and have only the top line emissions-reduction targets in place; some companies are only just starting to establish how they can lower carbon emissions (let alone decarbonise entirely).

Over the next couple of blog posts I’m looking at both tech and organisational approaches that could help those hard to abate companies just starting to seek out options for lowering or eliminating co2 emissions.

No one doubts it is a tough environment to do this in, but waiting for perfect/one-size-fits-all solutions is going to lead to problems with legislative (and public/consumer response) problems. So action, in the form of alignment across the key functions and in selecting the right technologies for specific aspects of your business, is essential.

You might recognize the framework that I’m adapting a being the three stages of decarbonisation that Shell’s recent shipping decarbonisation report used:


Unlock — Accelerate — Scale.

Shells focus was on how shipping and ports infrastructure could effective chart a path to net zero. (A great report, by the way, and if you work with the shipping industry – do read it).

Decarb Connect’s clients are in the hard to abate process industries, so I’ve taken the headings from that report and have tailored them a little:

Here’s my question: Are you an “Unlocker” or an “Accelerator” at this point?

  1. Do you have access to a global (or regional, depending on operations) map of key policies and associated investment pots?
  2. Have you agreed which industrial pathway is the feeder to your company-wide decarbonisation strategy?
  3. Is there a timeline that your strategy, innovation, technology and energy management teams are in alignment on?
  4. Have you identified 5+ projects in other sectors that could give valuable lessons to your own initiatives?
  5. Are you building your strategy and plans based on in-house or cross-hard-to-abate-sector data?
  6. Have you identified and establishes your first pilots and demos?
  7. Have you engaged with your own sector to agree commitments on what/how to measure + targets?
  8. Have you sought out the customers that need decarbonisation wins the most to agree pay-for-play on low carbon or zero carbon products & services?

Get in touch to tell me what information, insights or partnerships would help you most as you push forward this year. Moving into accelerator-mode isn’t easy – what is it that you need to deliver progress?

In the next post we’ll explore which technologies can get you to net zero, and how to tailor plans and investments around the right technology mix. This may include: ccus, h2, energy, efficiency, electrification, renewables for industrial heat, circular economy and more.


So… Are you an Unlocker or an Accelerator?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and comments –

Alex Cameron
Decarb Connect

Design, Deploy, Learn, Adapt: what are we learning from early projects and where next?

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Alex speaks with Aniruddha Sharma, CEO of Carbon Clean Solutions about what they’ve learned from the demonstrations and pilots that they are leading with industrial clients.

With $22m in funding recently secured, CCSL’s low-cost approach to carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and separation technology is getting backing and support from big names. Find out what is being learned from early projects, and also how industrials benefit from a more incremental approach to CO2 reduction.

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Leading industrial decarbonisation in the post-covid 19 era

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The first in the Decarb Connect Podcast series we were privileged to talk with Pratima Rangarajan, CEO of OGCI, and Dominic Emery, Chief of Staff at BP. The conversation was an opportunity to get their thoughts on how companies across the hard to abate sector can deliver leadership on decarbonisation in the post-covid era.

Central to the conversation was the eye-opening stat that the near-global shutdown had reduced emissions by just 4-8%. With this as context, we talked about how different companies are stepping up and the increasing ambition around targets and strategies that are being set. We also talked about the policy/leadership frameworks and workforce skills that will be essential to decarbonise at scale.  Dr. Pratima Rangarajan is the CEO of OGCI Climate Investments, a fund set up to reduce carbon emissions in the energy, industrial and transportation sectors. Before joining OGCI Climate Investments. Pratima was the General Manager for GE’s Onshore Wind product Line and the General Manager for GE’s Energy Storage Start up. She had previously held the role of Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Emerging Technology and Research at Vestas Wind Systems. Pratima has a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University and a BS in Chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Dominic Emery was the founding CEO of OGCI Climate Investments, a $1bn fund set up by oil and gas companies to invest in technologies and projects to reduce carbon emissions. Dominic is a geology graduate and has worked for bp since 1986. He has held positions in BP’s Exploration and Production Division, in Asia and the Middle East, and also in the UK North Sea. Dominic has led Gas and Power business development in Europe, as well as running power and utility assets at BP industrial sites. He joined bp Alternative Energy in 2007, ran Emerging Business & Corporate Ventures in 2012. In 2013 he moved to the role of VP, Group Strategic Planning, responsible for strategy development, long-term planning and policy.  He was appointed to his current role in February 2020 and is also on the Board of the EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative).

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Hello and Welcome to Decarb Connect

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At Decarb Connect our Mission is to support those driving decarbonisation in the most energy-intensive sectors – those with complex challenges to solve. We broker access to hard-to-reach information and facilitate network relationships – all with the goal of accelerating decarbonisation. Working closely across industry, we find out what is most needed in terms of introductions, information and solutions, then we provide access to content, stories and voices not generally ‘on the circuit’.

We will be bring you regular insight, articles, interviews and podcasts from those who share our vision.

Our first milestone is the Decarb Connect Digital Festival 3 – 5 November where we will be connecting senior executives from hard-to-abate industries to intelligence, innovations, and cross-industry partners they need to accelerate industrial decarbonisation.

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The agenda has been built to support heads of strategy, technology, innovation, energy management and corporate venture from across energy-intensive industrials. Speakers represent cement, steel, glass, O&G, mining, power, utilities, ceramics and chemicals who will be sharing intel and innovations to the attendees. Throughout the event week participants will be able to make valuable connections and gather intel from peers in other sectors, so they can confidently speed up business plans, decisions, and avoid costly mistakes – and ensure they can make NetZero 2050 a reality.

Next month we will be officially launching the Decarb Connect Community, specifically for hard-to-abate sectors, it is for those tasked with decarbonisation strategy and deployment to find out how others are tackling emissions in operations and value chains. Collaboration is key, sharing challenges and experiences to drive decarbonisation. If you are interested in becoming a member you can find out more here.

We hope you will enjoy what we have to offer, and encourage you to be interactive, reach out and engage with us on our mission.

Alex Cameron
Decarb Connect Ltd

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