Organized by the RCGI, the IEE, and the Consulate General of the Netherlands, the event will bring together Brazilian and Dutch experts, highlighting the challenges existing for implementing BECCS technologies%

On February 25 and 26, the Carbon Capture, Storage and Use, and Bioenergy workshop will be held in the auditorium of the Institute for Energy and the Environment of the University of São Paulo (IEE/USP), in São Paulo’s University City. The event is organized by the FAPESP Shell Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI), the IEE/USP, and the Consulate General of the Netherlands, and it is sponsored by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). The workshop is open to the public, and there is no registration fee. To register free-of-charge, merely send an e-mail to comunicacao@iee.usp.br. The official language is English, and there will be no simultaneous interpretation.

“The main purpose of the Brazil-Netherlands workshop is to discuss the experiences of Brazilian and Dutch universities with regard to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS); Carbon Capture, Use, and Storage (CCUS); and Bioenergy with CCUS (BECCSUS), analyzing the need for these technologies to reduce carbon emissions and the challenges that exist for their implementation”, states Professor Suani Teixeira Coelho, teacher at the IEE/USP, workshop coordinator, and member of the RCGI.

The target group of the event are professors and researchers of the IEE, the USP Polytechnic School, and the RCGI, members of the R&D teams of such companies as Shell, Petrobras, and Comgas, as well as decision makers and managers of such public agencies as the Department of Energy and Mining, among other interested persons.

On February 25, the reception for those who have registered begins at 8:30 a.m., and the event officially begins at 9:00, led by Professor Júlio Meneghini, Scientific Director of the RCGI, along with authorities and representatives of the Consulate General of the Netherlands. One of the focuses of the RCGI is the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. “When visiting the better foreign universities in the area of GHG abatement and reduction, we found that the RCGI has much to contribute in this area of reducing emissions,” Meneghini says. Accompanied by Professors Suani Teixeira Coelho and Karen Mascarenhas, in February 2018 Meneghini visited the Dutch universities of Twente, Groningen, Delft, and Utrecht.

The first session of the workshop, entitled Policies for reducing carbon emissions in Brazil and the Netherlands, will have presentations by Professor Martin Junginger, of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, at Utrecht University; and by Plínio Nastari, of the Brazilian Datagro consultancy. The first will speak to the need of BECCS initiatives in the Netherlands and the second will deal with RenovaBio (National Biofuels Policy). The second session, Perspectives for BECCS in Brazilian and Dutch Industry, will have presentations by Professor André P.C. Faaij, of the University of Groningen, and by Antonio Stucchi, from Raízen.

After lunch, the third session will be held, CCS Experiences in the Netherlands and Brazil. The speakers are Professor Pacelli L. J. Zitha, from Delft University, and Professor Kazuo Nishimoto, from POLI/USP, who is also the Coordinator of the Carbon Abatement program of the RCGI. The late afternoon is reserved for discussions on the subjects covered during the three sessions.

On February 26, only two sessions will be held, both in the morning period: Advanced technologies on Biomass Conversionwhich will present Brazilian and Dutch experiences; and  CCS Public Perception, which includes a presentation, “CCS, energy, innovation, and climate policies in the European Union,” by the economist and consultant in the areas of energy, innovation, and climate change, Hans Bolscher. The close of the event, which is open to the public, will take place at 12:30 p.m.

On February 27 and 28 and March 1, closed groups will discuss subjects held in common for possible partnerships and future collaboration between the participating institutions.

 

Information:

Workshop: Carbon Capture, Storage and Use, and Bioenergy

Date: February 25-26, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (25) and 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (26).

Place: USP’s Institute for Energy and the Environment Auditorium (Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto, 1.289, Cidade Universitária, São Paulo).

Registration by e-mail: to comunicacao@iee.usp.br