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Leveraging Natural Gas to Reduce GHG Emissions

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the University of Texas

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 8:15 AM to 6:45 PM (EDT)

Leveraging Natural Gas to Reduce GHG Emissions

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C2ES and the University of Texas are conducting a multipronged research project that will begin with a pair of stakeholder workshops and culminate in the release of a major paper and a public event. The goal is to provide credible information to policymakers and stakeholders on ways that the natural gas boom can be leveraged to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S. and globally. The first workshop brought together key stakeholders to discuss the potential foremission reductions in the transportation, power, and industrial sectors, as well as to consider the latest research on natural gas emissions and its impacts on the economic viability of zero-carbon fuel sources. This second workshop will focus on direct use of natural gas and infrastructure.


Preliminary Agenda

8:15 – 8:45
Registration and Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00

Welcome from C2ES and UT

9:00 – 10:00

Session: Natural Gas Use and Emissions

This introduction will offer relevant insights into natural gas markets and the role of natural gas to reduce GHG emissions gleaned from the May workshop.

  • Tanya Andrien, Associate Director of Management and Innovation, UT
  •  Janet Peace, Vice President of Markets and Business Strategy, C2ES
  • Margaret Mann, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Nate Teti, Manager of Public and Regulatory Affairs, Statoil
10:00 - 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 - 11:30

Session: Residential Building Sector
Residential buildings are diverse across the country in size and fuel mix. This session provide an overview of natural gas use and GHG emissions in the sector, identify areas where natural gas can be leveraged to reduce GHG emissions, and the barriers to doing so.

  • Tom Catania, Executive in Residence at the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan
  • Andrew DeLaski, Executive Director, Appliance Standards Awareness Project
  • Gregory Ryan, Senior Technological Specialist, DTE Energy
  • Fred Beach, Independent Researcher, UT, Moderator
11:30 - 12:45
Lunch
12:45 - 2:00

Session: Commercial Building Sector
Commercial and institutional buildings vary drastically in size, function, and energy use. This session will provide an overview of natural gas use and GHG emissions in the commercial building sector, identify areas where natural gas can be leveraged to reduce GHG emissions, and the barriers to doing so.

  • Bruce Hedman, Vice President, ICF International
  • Dean Larson, Director of Engineering, Boston Properties
  • Manik Roy, Vice President of Strategic Outreach, C2ES
2:00 - 2:15 
Break
2:15 - 3:30

Session: Infrastructure

Natural gas infrastructure is necessary to bring fuel from sources to homes and businesses for consumption. This session will provide an overview of the current status of natural gas infrastructure, including its strengths and weaknesses, and how it must be expanded and/or improved in ways that will reduce the nation's GHG emissions.

  • Barbara Kates-Garnick, Undersecretary for Energy, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Robert Yardley, Senior Vice President, Concentric Energy Advisors
  • Michael Tubman, Senior Fellow, C2ES, Moderator
3:30 - 3:45
Refreshment Break
3:45 - 5:00

Session: Distributed Generation and Emerging Technologies

Today's electrical system relies on centralized power generation and distribution. This session will explore technologies on the horizon that may efficiently use natural gas for distributed generation resulting in reduced emissions.

  • Jim Stanway, Senior Director, Global Supplier Initiatives, Wal-Mart
  • Bryan Willson, Program Director, ARPA-E
  • Robert Hebner, Director of the Center for Electromechanics, UT, Moderator
5:00 - 5:15

Wrap Up and Key Takeaways

5:15 - 6:45
Networking Reception


In advance of the workshop, C2ES and UT will circulate discussion papers for each session, teeing up key issues and questions. Moderated by C2ES and UT, each panel will begin with remarks from two or three discussants, reserving more than half of the time for group conversation and reaction.


Hotel Information:
Workshop participants can reserve a room at a discounted rate at the Hilton Financial District, around the corner from the venue. Our block expires September 18, so please visit: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/B/BOSFDHF-CCES-20121009/index.jhtml

Thank you to our sponsors, the American Clean Skies Foundation

and the American Gas Association.

Have questions about Leveraging Natural Gas to Reduce GHG Emissions? Contact Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the University of Texas

When & Where


University of Massachusetts Club
225 Franklin Street
33rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 8:15 AM to 6:45 PM (EDT)


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Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the University of Texas

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
Formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to advance strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change.

 

The University of Texas
The Energy Management & Innovation Center of the McCombs School of Business in the University of Texas aims to educate students, create intellectual capital of use to industry and policy-makers, and support the activities to the university’s diverse energy initiatives.

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