Geophysics Role of Non-technical Issues Integral to Full-scale CCUS Deployment

Full-scale deployment of CCUS in the United States today is not dependent on the advancement of technical issues alone. There are a host of integrated issues that are necessary for the full-scale industry-wide deployment of CCUS that include, but are not limited to regulatory considerations (e.g., permitting, Class VI, etc.), economic considerations (e.g., financial lending, 45Q tax credits, etc.), risk evaluation, stakeholder engagement, Environmental Social Governance (ESG), Environmental Justice (EJ), and political/policy needs.

In many cases, technologists such as reservoir engineers, chemical engineers, geologists, geoscientists, etc., either overlook or are not exposed to these non-technical considerations. This presentation will discuss and illuminate the integrated nature of these issues and provide some insights for technologists to become more literate and therefore more valuable and engaging to their teams advancing CCUS projects.

Speaker Bio

Steve Carpenter

Dr. Carpenter is an internationally recognized subject matter expert, expert witness, and transdisciplinary practitioner, focusing on the merging of the physical sciences with the social sciences. Dr. Carpenter’s 30+ years of experience in the energy, mining, international, and standards development arenas has established him as an internationally recognized Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), standardization, climate change, carbon, and risk management issues.

Dr. Carpenter is the Head of Delegation and Chair of the United States Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO Technical Committee TC-82: Mining, TC-265: CCUS, TC-298: Rare Earths, and TC-333 Lithium; Chair of the CSA Groups North American Strategic Steering Committee on Natural Resources; a Trustee with the Energy Mineral Law Foundation; a Trustee with the International Pittsburgh Coal Conference at Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; and received a lifetime appointment to the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore.

Dr. Carpenter holds degrees in physics, environmental public policy, and transdisciplinary approaches to CCUS.