Event promoted by the RCGI also will be attended by the ANP General Manager, Décio Oddone, and physicist Paulo Artaxo Netto, who is a member of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

On October 1 and 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the FAPESP Shell Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI) will hold the conference “Energy Transition Research & Innovation 2019”. The event will take place in the São Paulo State Capital at the University of São Paulo, and will bring together Brazilian and foreign experts in the subject of energy transition. The focus of the discussions will be on the area of carbon capture and storage (CCS). Representatives of companies, government, and financial institutions will discuss the mechanisms for developing CCS research and innovation. CCS initiatives in various countries will also be presented.

“This is an energy transition event focusing on CCS and on the actions that must be taken for the countries to be able to achieve their goals for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which were agreed upon at the Conference of the Parties, in Paris. It is a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing,  exchanging ideas, and for showing what groups and researchers have been doing in their respective areas to encourage transition in the worldwide energy sector,” is the summary given by the RCGI’s Director for Communications and Dissemination of Knowledge, Gustavo Assi.

The deadline for submitting summaries of articles for presentation at the conference is September 10 and registration of participants will be open from September 10 to 25. Registration is free of charge for the event that will be held in the auditorium of the International Dissemination Center, of University City (Av. Prof. Lúcio Martins Rodrigues, 222 – Butantã, São Paulo).

Keynote speakers – On the first day, the presentations of three keynote speakers will begin with physicist Paulo Artaxo Netto, of the Physics Institute of the University of São Paulo (IF/USP), who has decades of experience dedicated to studies on climate change and is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – a scientific-political organization of the United Nations (UN). He will deal with FAPESP’s Research Program on Climate Change.

The second lecture will be delivered by the General Manager of Brazil’s National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), Décio Oddone, who will speak on greenhouse gas emissions and oil and gas activities in Brazil. And the third speaker is Lene Hviid, Global Manager of Shell Research Connect & Game Changer, who will deal with Shell’s CCS initiatives. “Closing out the day, the keynote speakers will take part in a discussion in conjunction with João Azevedo, President of the CNPq, and Júlio Meneghini, Scientific Director of the RCGI, regarding how to give support to the implementation of CCS initiatives,” Assi says.

CCS initiatives – On the second day, three foreign participants, who are well-known university Professors, will speak on CCS in their native countries, to open the day: The United States, Alissa Park, from Columbia University; The United Kingdom, Adam Hawkes, from Imperial College London; and India,  Chinnakonda S. Gopinath, from the National Chemical Laboratory. The fourth speaker of the day is Eric Larson, from Princeton University, who will deal with the subject of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

After the lectures, a discussion will be held on “Urgent CCS Actions: who, how and when?”, which, besides the scheduled speakers, will also have the participation of Rob Littel, Shell’s General Manager of Gas Separation, and of Moderator Paulo Artaxo Netto, of IF/USP. Throughout the entire event, researchers connected with the RCGI will present research work during a parallel session that will take place in simultaneously in three rooms.

The conference is supported by FAPESP, Shell, and the CNPq. For more information, click here to access the event’s page.


About the RCGI: The FAPESP Shell Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI) is a center for research financed by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and by Shell. It has more than 320 researchers involved in 46 research projects, divided among five programs: Engineering; Physical/Chemical; Energy and Economic Policies; CO2 abatement; and Geophysics. The Center performs advanced studies on the sustainable use of natural gas, biogas, hydrogen, management, transport, storage and the use of CO2. Learn more at: https://www.rcgi.poli.usp.br/pt-br/