The Next Climate Frontier – Industrial Decarbonization

Wed, Mar 13, 2024 — 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM EDT

Tackling industrial greenhouse gas emissions is emerging as the next frontier in the crucial transition to a clean energy economy.

While significant strides have been made in finding cost-effective alternatives to fossil fuel use in power generation, transportation, agriculture, and building sectors, decarbonizing industrial processes poses a much greater challenge – high process heat requirements.
Finding solutions to decarbonize production in industries like cement, steel, chemicals, forest products, and food and beverage requires extensive research, development, demonstration, supportive government policies, and industry cooperation.
Join LightWorks at Arizona State UniversityASU’s EPIXC, funded by DOE, and the Security and Sustainability Forum, and be part of an enlightening discussion about overcoming barriers to accelerate industrial decarbonization. Critical topics will include:
-The speed at which the transition can occur, the capital required, and how this capital can be allocated most effectively.
-Economic implications, including how the cost of carbon might influence behavior and employment.
-Carbon pricing could shift investment patterns fundamental to scaling and ultimately achieving our emissions objectives for the industries.
We aim to inform and inspire action and collaboration among industry leaders, policymakers, and innovators.
Sridhar Seetharman
Sridhar is the CEO of the ASU EPIXCElectrified Processes for Industry Without Carbon, DOE’s 7th Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and vice dean for research and innovation in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Previously, Sridhar served at DOE as a Senior Technology Advisor at EERE and Carnegie Mellon as the POSCO Chair of Steelmaking with a joint appointment at NETL.
Bob Litterman
Bob enjoyed a 23-year career at Goldman Sachs & Co. and is now a partner at Kepos Capital, a New York-based investment firm. He serves on several boards, including as Chair of the Niskanen Center, co-chair of the Climate Leadership Council, and Premier Member of the Climate-related Financial Risk Advisory Committee of the U.S. Treasury.
Vjay Swarup
Vijay is the Director of Technology at Exxon. He leads a team of scientists and engineers in developing ways to improve supply options of the world’s energy resources, as well as advance carbon capture technology, biofuels, and alternative energy.
Michael Baldea
Michael Baldea is the Chief Technology Officer of EPIXC and Henry Beckman Professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. He is a core faculty member in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include the dynamics, optimization and control of process and energy systems.
William Brandt, Moderator
Bill is the Director of Strategic Integration for ASU LightWorks®. LightWorks capitalizes on ASU strengths in solar energy and other light-inspired research and supports renewable-based communities of practice focused on governance, evaluation, and modeling opportunities.