EVENT

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) Conference 2024

October 9-10, 2024

8:00 AM - 6:00PM CST

Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria, Houston, TX, USA

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CCUS Value Chain: opportunities, risks, and economic viability

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) is gaining pace as a buoyant project pipeline is attracting attention from leading companies. Momentum is growing but CCUS deployment remains well below what is required for achieving the net zero goals. At our 2023 event, the industry participants identified an urgent need to start building and move from plans to execution.  

Wood Mackenzie’s Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) Conference will address the full CCUS value chain on the costs and economic feasibility of projects. We will share different perspectives in the form of Wood Mackenzie Insights, project case studies, panel discussions, debates, and one-to-one conversations with the experts. 

Join us in Houston on October 9-10, 2024 to connect with Wood Mackenzie’s experts and industry professionals and experts from across the CCUS landscape, providing you with the opportunity to exchange ideas and form valuable business relationships. 

Key themes for 2024 include:

  • Building CCS at scale: connecting the dots from capture to storage
  • Carbon credits & incentives: have they helped push the pace of projects?
  • Power of partnerships: identifying the right partnerships to move from plan to execution
  • Permit challenges: pipeline transportation and geological storage
  • Technologies: DAC & BECCS scalability and permanence
  • Political changes and uncertainty: what support can companies expect from the government

 

Early Bird Tickets are now available at $795 USD per person. Book by July 12, 2024, to save $200 USD off the $995 USD standard rate.

Discounted rates for Wood Mackenzie clients/subscribers and group bookings for two or more people from one company are available.

A ticket to attend includes:

  • Exclusive and inspiring insights from the Wood Mackenzie team of subject matter experts and industry leaders
  • Peer-to-peer networking opportunities where you can make essential connections and have crucial conversations
  • Access to the event app: Manage your time to gain the most from the agenda and venue over the two days
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • Re-cap on the essential information with speaker presentation downloads (where permission has been given) post conference

 

Contact Anna Conklin, Customer Manager on events@woodmac.com

 

Would your organization like to sponsor this conference in 2024?

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2024 speakers include:

This conference not only provides an unrivalled platform to network and do business, but also leverages Wood Mackenzie’s expertise, thought leadership and contacts specializing in carbon capture, utilization and storage. Join us for a forum where the industry can assess the latest challenges, market needs in the towards sustainability.

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Registration

A review of the inaugural Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) Conference 2023

Wood Mackenzie hosted its first dedicated Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) Conference on October 11 2023 in Houston. 330 industry players from over 220 companies joined us to explore the key drivers and challenges of CCUS. Topics included the Inflation Reduction Act, CO2 sequestration at scale and the CCUS value chain. Speaking companies included Baker Hughes, BP, Chevron, Emerson, ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions and Lazard.

 

 

Read 5 key takeaways from the 2023 Conference

 

 

Early Bird Tickets are now available at $795 USD per person. Book by July 15, 2024, to save $200 USD off the $995 USD standard rate.

Discounted rates for Wood Mackenzie clients / subscribers and group bookings for two or more people from one organisation are available. Contact Anna Conklin, Marketing Manager on events@woodmac.com

Agenda

8:00 午前

CT

8:00 午前 - 9:00 午前

Registration and refreshments

9:00 午前

CT

9:00 午前 - 9:05 午前

Welcome and opening remarks

Mhairidh Evans

Head of CCUS Research

Wood Mackenzie

9:05 午前

CT

9:05 午前 - 9:20 午前

Wood Mackenzie insight: Past, present and futuristic view on global CCUS market

Mhairidh Evans

Head of CCUS Research

Wood Mackenzie

9:20 午前

CT

9:20 午前 - 10:00 午前

Keynote panel discussion: From plans to execution: what would it take to accelerate CCUS deployment

Ed Crooks

Vice-Chair, Americas

Wood Mackenzie

Edward Stones

Business Vice President, Energy and Climate

Dow

10:00 午前

CT

10:00 午前 - 10:20 午前

Keynote fireside chat: To be announced

10:20 午前

CT

10:20 午前 - 11:00 午前

Networking coffee

11:00 午前

CT

11:00 午前 - 11:20 午前

Keynote fireside chat: To be announced

11:20 午前

CT

11:20 午前 - 11:35 午前

Wood Mackenzie insight: Economic feasibility across the CCUS value chain

Peter Findlay

CCUS Economics and CCUS North America Lead

Wood Mackenzie

11:35 午前

CT

11:35 午前 - 12:15 午後

Panel discussion: Funding CCUS projects: how to get investment decisions

Peter Findlay

CCUS Economics and CCUS North America Lead

Wood Mackenzie

12:15 午後

CT

12:15 午後 - 1:45 午後

Networking lunch

2:00 午後

CT

2:00 午後 - 2:20 午後

Fireside chat: Hard to abate industries: opportunities & challenges

Mhairidh Evans

Head of CCUS Research

Wood Mackenzie

Martha Ramos

Director CCUS and H2

Cemex USA

2:20 午後

CT

2:20 午後 - 3:00 午後

Panel discussion : Is Direct Air Capture (DAC) key to achieving net zero and can it be implemented at scale?

Rohan Dighe

Research Analyst, CCUS

Wood Mackenzie

3:00 午後

CT

3:00 午後 - 3:20 午後

Fireside chat: To be announced

3:20 午後

CT

3:20 午後 - 4:00 午後

Networking coffee

4:00 午後

CT

4:00 午後 - 4:20 午後

Fireside chat: To be announced

4:20 午後

CT

4:20 午後 - 5:00 午後

Panel discussion: Connecting CO2 sources to sinks

Brandon Bromberek

Vice President Oil & Gas, Measurement Solutions

Emerson

Jon Story

Vice President, Global Head of CCUS Consulting

Wood Mackenzie

5:00 午後

CT

5:00 午後 - 5:20 午後

Wood Mackenzie insight: Carbon removals: the ‘net’ in net zero

Mhairidh Evans

Head of CCUS Research

Wood Mackenzie

Nuomin Han

Head of Carbon Markets

Wood Mackenzie

5:20 午後

CT

5:20 午後 - 5:30 午後

Summary of Day 1 & preview of Day 2

Mhairidh Evans

Head of CCUS Research

Wood Mackenzie

5:30 午後

CT

5:30 午後 - 6:30 午後

Networking drinks

8:30 午前

CT

8:30 午前 - 9:00 午前

Welcome refreshments

9:00 午前

CT

9:00 午前 - 9:05 午前

Opening remarks

9:05 午前

CT

9:05 午前 - 9:25 午前

Wood Mackenzie insight: Capture to storage, are we ready?

April Read

Senior Analyst, Subsurface Research

Wood Mackenzie

9:25 午前

CT

9:25 午前 - 10:05 午前

Panel discussion: CO2 storage: are there enough to capture global annual emissions?

April Read

Senior Analyst, Subsurface Research

Wood Mackenzie

Lily R. Barkau

Groundwater Section Manager

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

10:05 午前

CT

10:05 午前 - 10:25 午前

Keynote fireside chat: Lifecycle to project execution in 18 months

Lauren Read

Vice President, Operations – dCarbon Ventures

BKV Corporation

Peter Findlay

CCUS Economics and CCUS North America Lead

Wood Mackenzie

10:25 午前

CT

10:25 午前 - 11:00 午前

Networking coffee

11:00 午前

CT

11:00 午前 - 11:40 午前

Panel discussion: Location selection: how it interplays with community engagement

Jon Story

Vice President, Global Head of CCUS Consulting

Wood Mackenzie

Jennifer Stewart

Director, Climate Policy

American Petroleum Institute

11:40 午前

CT

11:40 午前 - 12:00 午後

Keynote fireside chat: Utilization

12:00 午後

CT

12:00 午後 - 12:20 午後

Wood Mackenzie insight: Strategies for carbon market

12:20 午後

CT

12:20 午後 - 2:00 午後

Networking lunch

2:00 午後

CT

2:00 午後 - 2:20 午後

Fireside chat: To be announced

2:20 午後

CT

2:20 午後 - 2:35 午後

Wood Mackenzie insight: Global carbon markets

Nuomin Han

Head of Carbon Markets

Wood Mackenzie

2:35 午後

CT

2:35 午後 - 3:20 午後

Panel discussion: Voluntary Carbon Market: is it going to survive or is it just a fad?

Maris Tabor Densmore

Director of Engineered Solutions

ACR

Nuomin Han

Head of Carbon Markets

Wood Mackenzie

3:20 午後

CT

3:20 午後 - 3:30 午後

Summary of both days: Key takeaways

Mhairidh Evans

Head of CCUS Research

Wood Mackenzie

3:30 午後

CT

3:30 午後 - 4:00 午後

Networking coffee & close of conference

Speakers

Be part of the conversation by sharing your most recent findings and challenges to industry peers. Unveil your thought leadership expertise and distribute your latest white papers to a crowd of targeted individuals.

For more information, contact Sarika Sareen, Content Manager on events@woodmac.com

Sponsors

Industry Partner

Bracewell LLP

Industry-Focused Legal and Advocacy Strategies

Bracewell LLP is a leading law firm that is known worldwide for its unique depth and experience in the energy, infrastructure, finance and technology sectors. To complement our sector-focused excellence, we boast an impressive and diversified array of market-leading substantive practices, including award-winning transactional, litigation, regulatory and government relations practices. This robust mix of sector and practice strengths has allowed us to be a firm of choice for many of the world’s largest and most successful corporate enterprises, financial institutions, private funds and governmental entities.

 

Firm of Choice for CCUS Projects and Transactions

Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) are poised to play a central role in the energy transition, with businesses and governmental entities throughout the world announcing aggressive plans for net zero emissions that include the use of  CCUS technology.

Bracewell is at the vanguard of policy, regulatory and other legal developments related to CCUS projects and transactions. With one of the world’s largest cross- disciplinary energy teams, we have an unparalleled understanding of the vast business issues facing emitters, developers of carbon capture facilities, CO2 pipeline companies, CO2 storage providers, oil and gas companies utilizing CO2 for enhanced oil and gas recovery and tax equity investors. 

We represent stakeholders in the manufacturing, power, chemical, bio-fuels and oil and gas industries in their efforts to transition to less carbon-intensive operations.

Our global team includes lawyers with broad experience in the midstream and upstream oil and gas sectors, as well as in renewable and conventional power. This experience complements the firm’s strengths in project development and finance, corporate transactions, environmental strategies, land rights, energy regulation, transactional tax and tax policy.

Platinum Sponsor

BKV

BKV is a forward thinking, growth driven energy company focused on creating value for our stockholders. Our core business is to produce natural gas from our owned and operated upstream businesses, which we expect to achieve net zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, for our owned and operated upstream and midstream assets, by the early 2030s. We maintain a “closed-loop” approach to our net zero emissions goal with our four business lines: natural gas production, natural gas midstream, power generation, and carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (“CCUS”). BKV was founded in 2015, and our employees are committed to building a different kind of energy company. We are a group of innovators passionate about how the energy industry can change the world. We understand the impact climate change has on our community, the world and future generations, and addressing these impacts in how energy is produced is a top priority. Through our CCUS business, we aim to reduce man-made GHG emissions to the atmosphere by capturing CO2 emitted in connection with natural gas activities, whether from their own operations or third- party operations, as well as from other energy and industrial sources. BKV commenced operations at its inaugural CCUS project, Barnett Zero, in November 2023. BKV is one of the top 20 gas-weighted natural gas producers in the United States and the largest natural gas producer by gross operated volume in the Barnett Shale. We believe that our differentiated business model, net zero emissions focus, highly experienced management team and technology-driven approach to operating our business will enable us to create stockholder value.

BKV Corporation is the parent company for the BKV family of companies.

Gold Sponsors

Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR) is a global technology and software company providing innovative solutions for the world’s essential industries. Through its leading automation portfolio, including its majority stake in AspenTech, Emerson helps hybrid, process and discrete manufacturers optimize operations, protect personnel, reduce emissions and achieve their sustainability goals. For more information, visit Emerson.com.

Enerflex

Enerflex is a premier integrated global provider of energy infrastructure and energy transition solutions, deploying natural gas, low-carbon, and treated water solutions – from individual, modularized products and services to integrated custom solutions. With over 4,800 engineers, manufacturers, technicians, and innovators, Enerflex is bound together by a shared vision: Transforming Energy for a Sustainable Future. The Company remains committed to the future of natural gas and the critical role it plays, while focused on sustainability offerings to support the energy transition and growing decarbonization efforts.

Would your organization like to sponsor this conference in 2024?

The Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Conference attendees are industry decision-makers, purchasers, and influencers, seeking the latest business-enhancing technologies and innovative products. Be there to:

  • Demonstrate thought leadership

The conference is a key channel for high-profit business transactions. Position your brand in front of international delegates and explore new business opportunities.

  • Launch your products and showcase innovation 

The conference will be a great opportunity to connect with the entire value chain while gaining exclusive insights from our team of subject matter experts and leaders in the industry.

  • Host one of our networking functions

Connect your company with the industry's most important stakeholders, enabling you to forge new partnerships and demonstrate your business strength, innovation, and expertise.

  • Online presence

Wood Mackenzie event sponsorships provide a comprehensive digital marketing strategy to reach a wider audience beyond the physical event. Your company will receive dedicated exposure on our event website, social media platforms, email marketing campaigns, ensuring maximum visibility and engagement among our online community.

Contact us on sponsorship@woodmac.com 

Venue Information

Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria

1750 West Loop South, Houston, Texas, USA, 77027

If you plan to stay at the Marriott West Loop, you may reserve your overnight accommodations at the special room rate by contacting the reservations team by calling the hotel at  +1 713-960-0111 or book directly using the link below:

 

Book your group rate for CCUS Conference 2024

 

Why attend Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Conference in 2024?

Networking opportunities: Connect with key leaders and stakeholders in the CCUS industry. Network with industry professionals and experts from across the value chain, providing you with the opportunity to exchange ideas, and form valuable business relationships. 

Insight into project developments: Gain valuable insights into the latest project developments in the CCUS field including updates on ongoing initiatives, and breakthrough technologies, for a comprehensive understanding of the current landscape and potential future opportunities. 

Partnership opportunities: The conference provides a platform to forge new partnerships within the CCUS industry. By interacting with industry leaders, you can identify potential collaboration opportunities and form strategic alliances. 

Candid conversations: Engage in candid conversations with our thought leaders on research that has not yet been reported. By participating in panel discussions and interactive sessions, you can gain insights into the challenges, opportunities, and real-world experiences of industry experts, enabling you to broaden your knowledge and perspective. 

Stay updated on critical trends and technologies: The CCUS industry is constantly evolving, with new trends, technologies, and challenges emerging regularly. Stay up to date with the latest developments in emissions reduction and CCUS. You can learn about cutting-edge technologies, innovative strategies, and regulatory updates, enabling you to make informed decisions and stay ahead of the curve. 

Job titles include:

Managing Director  Decarbonisation ESG Lead  
Vice President Managing Director - Low Carbon Transition Group
CEO CCUS Policy lead  
Chairman / Founder  New Energies Strategy and Business Development  
Director, Project Finance  New Ventures Business Development and commercial strategy leads  
Executive Director  New Ventures Exploration Geoscientist  
Director Energy Banking  Opportunity Development Manager  
Head of CCUS  Competitor Insights Manager  
Head of Carbon   Investment Banking Analyst  
CCUS Strategy Lead   Equity Researcher  
Project Developer   Portfolio Manager/Analyst 

 

The CCUS Conference provides a unique opportunity to network with industry professionals, gain insights into project developments, forge partnerships, engage in candid conversations, and stay updated on critical trends and technologies. These benefits can significantly enhance your knowledge, expand your professional network, and contribute to your success in the CCUS industry. 

Maris Tabor Densmore

Director of Engineered Solutions

ACR

Maris has 20 years of experience in the climate, environmental protection, and energy sectors is responsible for implementing new strategic opportunities to harness the power of markets for high impact emission reduction and removals actions including geologic storage of carbon and high-GWP gas emissions abatement. Maris is a licensed geologist and has extensive field experience in both environmental and oil and gas operations.

Nuomin Han

Head of Carbon Markets

Wood Mackenzie

Nuomin Han joined Wood Mackenzie’s in 2018 and is based in Beijing. She is part of the Carbon Research team, providing clients with insights into emissions and climate-related development. Her primary focus lies in the carbon market sector, leading the analysis of compliance carbon pricing mechanisms worldwide, and the voluntary carbon market, developing and expanding our offering on carbon market dynamics and future pricing trends, and serving clients with a better understanding of a transitioning carbon landscape. Prior to joining the Carbon Research team, Nuomin spent more than three years in our Coal Research team. In this role, she provided insight into market and policy development related to the coal supply of Asian countries.

Jennifer Stewart

Director, Climate Policy

American Petroleum Institute

Jennifer is Director of Climate Policy for API and has decades of executive experience in finance, climate policy, and legislative and regulatory affairs. She leads all carbon management policy work at API at both state and federal levels, including carbon capture and sequestration, voluntary carbon markets, climate policy, ESG reporting, and GHG emissions methodologies. After retiring as an executive of Southwestern Energy, serving in roles as Senior Vice President Finance, Interim Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, she held roles as an independent board member for an environmental services company and an emissions detection technology company. She also served as Vice President for Baker Hughes Emissions Management providing methane monitoring and quantification technologies. Jennifer is an attorney licensed to practice in Texas and has held leadership positions with the Natural Gas Supply Association, American Exploration and Production Council, and Marcellus Shale Coalition. Jennifer received recognition by Hart Energy’s Oil and Gas Investor Magazine as a 2024 Influential Woman in Energy, and she has been recognized as one of Texas’ Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas by the National Diversity Council, a Top Woman in Energy by the Houston Business Journal, and received the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Trailblazer Award.

Brandon Bromberek

Vice President Oil & Gas, Measurement Solutions

Emerson

Brandon Bromberek is a vice president in Emerson’s measurement solutions business. His focus is on enabling customers achieve more sustainable operations, optimize production and decrease costs through the use of Emerson’s automation technology. Bromberek’s expertise centers on oil & gas and carbon capture, and how automation is advancing developments across these value chains. Bromberek joined Emerson in 2018 after 13 years in oilfield services. He sits on the board of directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Flow Measurement Technical Section and holds a project management license from the Project Management Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science in management for the oil and gas industry from Heriot

Martha Ramos

Director CCUS and H2

Cemex USA

Martha holds a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Houston and more than 20 years of experience in the Energy sector. In the last 5+ years she has been working primarily on full value chain projects for CCUS and Hydrogen. She is passionate about developing integrated solutions to address climate change and her roles have included the development of decarbonization strategies and their implementation, novel technologies evaluations and techno-economic risk management. Within CEMEX she is responsible for the CCUS and Hydrogen strategy development and technology implementation for the USA cement plants.

Peter Findlay

CCUS Economics and CCUS North America Lead

Wood Mackenzie

Based in Calgary, Peter Findlay leads the economics and project valuation function for CCUS projects globally at Wood Mackenzie and contributes CCUS growth, incentive, and cost insights to the firm’s Energy Transition Scenarios team. Mr. Findlay has led corporate finance and strategy consulting projects in oil and gas, power & renewables, decarbonization, petrochemicals, and other sectors since 2008 with Kearney and other management consulting firms, working on transactions and projects ranging in value from $50 MM to $40 billion for the world’s largest energy companies as well as much smaller operators. From 2015–2018, Peter led the Financial Decision and Analysis function for Energy at PwC in Calgary and London. He also advises on emerging technologies, primarily relating to decarbonization. Mr. Findlay is a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies where he has published on Canada’s oil sands and natural gas markets, as well as presented at the OPEC technical meetings. Mr. Findlay began his career as an aerodynamic engineer with Pratt & Whitney and has a Master’s of Science/Engineering degree in computational fluid dynamics and advanced numerical methods from McGill University, an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and a finance-focused MBA from ESSEC, Warwick, and Mannheim Business schools in Europe. He is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta, is a past member of the Society of Decision Professionals, and speaks fluent French.

Rohan Dighe

Research Analyst, CCUS

Wood Mackenzie

Rohan is an analyst in our CCUS economics and valuations function. He focuses on developing financial models of North American CCUS projects, analysing market and regulatory trends in the United States and exploring emerging technologies in the CDR and CCUS space. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Rohan worked in various process, operations and optimisation engineering roles at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in Texas.

Edward Stones

Business Vice President, Energy and Climate

Dow

Edward Stones is business vice president, Energy and Climate for Dow. He is responsible for delivering business profitability and more than 7 GW of steam and power at the 14 company-operated power facilities, as well as steam, utilities, and energy service to more than 100 manufacturing facilities globally. He leads Dow’s energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction efforts, serving as a member of the Company’s Climate Steering Team, and as executive sponsor for its scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions reductions efforts. He actively participates in the Company’s global advocacy efforts for energy sustainability and climate change. Stones is a respected thought leader in the areas of energy transition, climate change, and industrial decarbonization. He has provided testimony to the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the opportunities and challenges of deploying advanced nuclear technology in the industrial sector. He has also testified before the US Senate Energy Committee on the role of natural gas in climate change, and to the House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. He was appointed to the Texas Energy Reliability Council. Prior to his current role, Stones served as Dow’s global business director for Energy and Climate Change. He joined Union Carbide Corporation in 1997, now a subsidiary of Dow, as a manufacturing engineer at the St. Charles, Louisiana site. After a number of manufacturing, finance and commercial roles in Hydrocarbons, Specialty Chemicals and Plastics, he was named Director, Energy Risk in 2007. He relocated to Horgen, Switzerland and was named Director, Hydrocarbons Business Development and EMEA Plastics Strategic Development in 2010. In 2012, he was appointed Director, Global Hydrocarbons Business Development and Hydrocarbons Risk Management. In 2014, Stones relocated to Midland and was appointed Senior Director for Investor Relations. Stones holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Louisiana State University.

April Read

Senior Analyst, Subsurface Research

Wood Mackenzie

April leads our discovered resources research within the Subsurface team, and is focused on intelligence and analysis, engaging with industry players and cultivating insights that support clients’ strategic decision-making. April first joined Wood Mackenzie in September 2019 as a senior analyst on our Canada Upstream Research team. She moved into the Subsurface research team in 2021 and spent 18 months managing the Global Unconventional Plays Service. Earlier in her career, April worked as a senior geologist at several junior to intermediate oil and gas companies. In addition to technical and operations geology, she also worked on reserves evaluation, company strategy and A&D activities, with particular focus on tight oil and gas plays.

Jon Story

Vice President, Global Head of CCUS Consulting

Wood Mackenzie

Jon is a vice president and global head of Wood Mackenzie’s CCUS consulting. He has more than 30 years’ energy industry experience having joined in early 2024 after three years with Storegga – a CCS developer - as EVP M&A and Portfolio. Jon was responsible for driving Storegga’s international expansion strategy and was instrumental in helping the company secure an offshore CCS license in Norway with Sval and Neptune, as well as helping to grow the business in the US with Talos, Kimmeridge and others. He also spent time in Asia Pacific, developing an MOU with Petronas, and leading discussions with other key players in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. Jon has advised a wide variety of energy clients on M&A transactions as a managing director leading upstream M&A for Standard Chartered Bank and others: in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia and the Americas. In energy consulting, his experience has included transaction due diligence, valuation, strategy, technology outlook, supply studies, licensing rounds and cost benchmarking. More recently, over the past six years, his focus has been on low carbon and CCS in particular. Jon began his career as a petroleum engineer with British Gas E&P, followed by roles in commercial positions at Hardy Oil and Gas and British-Borneo Oil and Gas.

Mhairidh Evans

Head of CCUS Research

Wood Mackenzie

Mhairidh leads our global research on carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). Her team provide insight and strategic analysis on the CCUS landscape to project developers, technology providers, investors and governments. Her work includes cost assessments, economic modelling, market and policy tracking. Mhairidh previously spent seven years as a lead analyst in our upstream oil and gas division, focusing on the offshore supply chain and the North Sea region. Before joining Wood Mackenzie in 2014, she spent six years in commercial and project management roles in the subsea oil and gas sector. Mhairidh is an alumni of Scotland’s Future Industry Leaders Programme and enjoys engaging with the wider industry.

Lily R. Barkau

Groundwater Section Manager

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Lily Barkau is the Groundwater Section Manager of the Water Quality Division at the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and has been with WDEQ for 18 years. Ms. Barkau has over 25 years of experience in corrective action at hazardous waste sites under RCRA and CERCLA. In her role at WDEQ, she oversees the Underground Injection Control Program (Class I, V, and VI) and groundwater contamination cleanup activities across the State. She worked on the UIC Class VI primacy application with Wyoming receiving primacy of the Class VI program in 2020. She was recently appointed to the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Federal Lands CCS Permitting Task Force. Ms. Barkau holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Wichita State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. She is also a licensed Professional Geologist in Wyoming.

Ed Crooks

Vice-Chair, Americas

Wood Mackenzie

Ed Crooks joined Wood Mackenzie in 2019. Based in New York, he covers the full range of commodities, technologies and sectors, with a particular focus on climate policy, economics and the energy transition. He writes Wood Mackenzie’s popular Energy Pulse newsletter, analysing the latest developments in the world of energy, and also hosts The Energy Gang, one of the world's most popular energy-focused podcasts. Before Wood Mackenzie, Ed was an award-winning energy editor for the Financial Times, first in London and then in New York. He joined the FT in 1999 as economics editor. He previously worked as an economics correspondent for BBC News, a reporter for Investor’s Chronicle magazine, and an economic researcher at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He has also served on the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission.

Lauren Read

Vice President, Operations – dCarbon Ventures

BKV Corporation

Lauren is the Vice President, Operations for dCarbon Ventures at BKV Corporation, overseeing the project design, planning, implementation and operations of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) initiatives in support of BKV’s ambitious Net Zero goals. Lauren’s career passion is to modernize the management of natural gas resources to provide clean and reliable energy. Lauren is an experienced leader in both engineering and operations with a proven track record of increasing production, decreasing emissions, reducing costs, managing resources efficiently, operating safely and responsibly, and using technology and automation effectively. Prior to BKV, Lauren worked at ExxonMobil where she spent a decade overseeing seven unconventional plays across California, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. During this time, Lauren served in reservoir engineering, operations engineering, and asset management roles across the full well lifecycle from early-stage geologic studies, resource estimation, prospecting, and D&C design to late-stage profitability optimization, remedial well work, and P&A. Lauren received a BS from The University of Utah, where she graduated cum laude. In her free time, Lauren dabbles in musical pursuits, debates the various merits of pet chickens, and tries to level-up mountain and water sport skills with her husband and two children.