Delivering Net-Zero: Mobilising finance for CCS Deployment

Delivering Net-Zero: Mobilising finance for CCS Deployment


Bill Brown, CEO, NET Power

Bill Brown is CEO of NET Power, which captures 100% of all carbon dioxide while using natural gas to produce electricity at costs the entire world can afford. He is also CEO and co-founder of 8 Rivers Capital, which develops and commercializes new technologies relating to energy, water, space launch, wireless communications and industrial processes.

Declan Burke, Director Energy Strategy and Clean Electricity, Dept Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Declan Burke is a Director in BEIS with responsibility for Energy Strategy and Clean Electricity deployment including renewables and Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS). Previously he worked in a range of commercial and policy roles including the Electricity Market Reform programme and Civil Nuclear projects. He also worked in in UK Government Investments (UKGI) – the team in Government responsible for managing HMG’s interest in publicly owned companies and the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Deutsche Bank.  He has an MEng in Avionic Systems Engineering from the University of Bristol.

Syrie Crouch, VP CCS, Shell

Syrie has 30 years with Shell, within the Upstream Development or Exploration Lines of Business.  She joined Shell in 1990 as a geologist with degrees from Exeter and Imperial College London.  Syrie held various technical roles of increasing seniority in the geoscience and  integrated reservoir modeling (IRM) space culminating in being the lead modeler for Shell Deepwater services and finally the head of IRM in Shell Rijswijk.  Syrie then expanded her roles to the full front end development management space including opportunities in CO2 EOR and CCS in the middle east and Canada, including managing the front-end development, including the public hearing process, as the Sequestration Manager of Shell’s QUEST CCS project in Alberta, Canada, which began operations in 2015 and recently reached the 4 Million Tonnes milestone. Syrie has worked at the VP level in both Exploration and Development and is now taking on Shells global CCS portfolio.

Jarad Daniels, Director – Strategic Planning, Analysis & Engagement, US Department of Energy

Mr. Daniels has over twenty years of experience with the U.S. Department of Energy, managing domestic energy programs and working in several national laboratories and offices throughout the United States.  His expertise includes domestic and global energy and environmental technologies, policies, and programs.  Earlier management responsibilities included technology development programs for advanced power systems, environmental management, and nuclear complex remediation.  Prior professional experience includes life cycle analysis, process engineering and materials science.

Mr. Daniels received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University, and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Steinar Eikaas, VP Low Carbon Solutions, Equinor

Steinar Eikaas is heading up Low Carbon Solutions in Equinor, responsible for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Hydrogen Solutions. Mr Eikaas has worked for 25 years in Equinor (former Statoil) and has previously held senior positions within international business development. He holds a Master of Science from The Norwegian School of Business and Administration (NHH).

Christian Holzleitner, Head of Unit, Land Use and Finance for Innovation, DG CLIMA, European Commission

Christian Holzleitner is currently Head of Unit responsible for Finance for Innovation and Land Use at the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action. Previously, he was assistant to the Director-General for Climate Action covering all issues related to EU and international climate policy; and at the Directorate-General for Competition in the area of State aid for services of general economic interest in the postal, transport, and health sectors.

Before joining the European Commission, Christian worked as senior manager with KPMG Germany on international transfer pricing. Christian is an economist and holds a PhD from the University of Linz (Austria).

Abyd Karmali OBE, Managing Director, Sustainable Finance, Bank of America

Abyd Karmali is a Managing Director, Sustainable Finance at Bank of America based in London. He is part of the team supporting the bank’s capital deployment efforts, in particular its commitment to mobilise $300 billion for low-carbon investment opportunities by 2030. He has worked for twenty-eight years on climate change and sustainable finance and was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for these efforts in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for 2019. Before joining the financial sector in 2007, he was a partner in a management consulting firm in Washington DC where he advised companies on their climate strategy and also spent two years with the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris where he served as Energy and Climate Change Programme Officer. In 2013, Mr. Karmali served as one of two inaugural private sector representatives to the Board of the Green Climate Fund.

His advisory roles include the Judging Panel for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, and co-chair of the Sustainable Finance
Working Group for the International Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Climate Group and on the National Committee for the Aga Khan Foundation (UK). He holds an MS in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Zoë Knight, Managing Director & Group Head of the HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance

Zoë Knight is a Managing Director and Group Head of the HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance.  She joined HSBC in 2010 and previously led the Climate Change Centre of Excellence within Global Research, having been an investment analyst at global financial institutions since 1997. For ten years she focused on equity strategy, before focusing on socially responsible investing.  Since joining HSBC Zoë has co-authored reports on low-carbon opportunities in bond and equity markets, as well as long-term carbon and water risks.  Previously, she contributed a chapter to ‘Investment opportunities for a low-carbon world’ (2009).  Throughout her career she has been ranked in Extel and Institutional Investor.  Zoë is a Commissioner on the Energy Transition Commission and is a Member of the WEF Global Future Council on Energy.

In 2018, Zoë set up the HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance. The Centre collaborates with colleagues across HSBC and with external partners to produce thought leadership on critical issues to scale up and mobilise capital to address sustainability challenges. Zoë co-authored ‘Managing Financial System Stability and Climate Change: A preliminary guide’ in 2018.

She also sits on the Board of the World Energy Council UK and holds a BSc (Hons) Economics from the University of Bath.

Dr Colin McGill, Project Director Clean Gas Project

Colin joined BP as a reservoir engineer in 1989 and has a bachelor degree in physics from the University of Cambridge, and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford. Colin has worked in a number of technical and managerial roles in his 30 year career, including project leadership roles for Angola, Azerbaijan, The North Sea and VP for Subsurface for North Africa. Colin has 14 years of project leadership experience.

Ivano Miracca, Technology Demand Manager, Saipem 

Ivano is a Chemical engineer with an experience of 35 years in the development of novel process technologies in the Oil & Gas sector. With the new millennium he started work on technologies to increase sustainability of fossil fuels as a necessary bridge toward energy transition. From 2004 to 2014 he led the Technical Team of the CCP (CO2 Capture project), a pioneering collaboration among some of the major Oil Companies to develop technology and increase knowledge in the field of CCS (Carbon Capture & Storage). In this frame he has been involved in the development and techno-economical assessment of several novel CCS technologies and co-authored three books and several technical papers.  In his current position, as “Technology Demand manager” at Saipem, he is contributing to the re-positioning of the Company in the energy transition scenario, shifting the focus to renewable energy on one side and sustainable use of fossil fuels on the other side through the application of carbon capture, storage and utilization technologies.

Brad Page, Chief Executive Officer, Global CCS Institute

Brad joined the Institute as CEO in August 2011, bringing extensive knowledge and experience on Australian and international energy and climate policy issues.

Prior to the Institute, Brad spent almost eight years as CEO of the Energy Supply Association of Australia, steering the organisation through a period of significant transformation while representing members on a wide range of energy market and climate change policy issues. During much of this time he chaired the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) Energy and Transport Sector Advisory Council.

Brad’s earlier career was in the Australian Public Service, working across a range of portfolios culminating in direct involvement at the senior executive level with the development, implementation and subsequent review and improvement of Australia’s national electricity and domestic natural gas markets.

Brad graduated with a BA (Administration) from the University of Canberra and in 2009 studied the economics of climate change at Cambridge University as a British Council Chevening Fellow. In early 2018 Brad was appointed to the UK Government’s CCUS Council and has also recently joined the Special Advisory Group to the Board of the Norwegian CCS Research Centre.

Professor Chris Rapley CBE, Professor of Climate Science, University College London

Professor Chris Rapley CBE is Professor of Climate Science at University College London. He is a Fellow of UCL and of St Edmund’s College Cambridge, a member of the Academia Europaea, Patron of the Surrey Climate Commission, a Board member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and a member of the Science Museum’s Science Advisory Board. He has an MA in Honours Physics from Oxford University, an MSc in Radio-Astronomy from the University of Manchester, a PhD in X-ray Astronomy from the University of London, Honorary DSc’s from the University of Bristol and the University of East Anglia, and an Honorary Professorship from Imperial College London.

His previous posts include Director of the Science Museum, Director of the British Antarctic Survey, Chairman of the London Climate Change Partnership, President of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and founder and Head of UCL’s Earth Remote Sensing Group. He was Chair of the International Planning Group for the International Polar Year 2007-2008 and Chair of the European Space Agency Director General’s High Level Science Policy Advisory Committee.

His current interests are in the role of climate scientists in society and the communication of climate science. He is Chair of the UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science.

In 2014 Prof Rapley and the playwright Duncan Macmillan wrote the acclaimed play ‘2071’ which Prof Rapley performed at the Royal Court theater and in Hamburg and Brussels. The script is available in paperback published by John Murray. More recently Prof Rapley was the Science Consultant on BBC1’s ‘Climate Change – The Facts’ presented by Sir David Attenborough. He is currently advising on National Geographic Channel’s “One Strange Rock II”.

In 2003 Prof Rapley was appointed CBE by Her Majesty the Queen. In 2008 he was awarded the Edinburgh Science Medal for having made ‘a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity’.

Professor Chris Rayner, Technical Director, C-Capture Ltd., and Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Leeds.

Chris Rayner is an organic chemist, and has been an academic at the University of Leeds for over 30 years. His research interests are centred around sustainability, with current focus on capture and utilisation of CO2 in chemical processes, and the use of natural products in consumer applications and in medicinal chemistry. He was promoted to Professor of Organic Chemistry in 2006, and has over 100 publications and patents. In the last 20 years he has made significant contributions to CO2 chemistry, including the concept of reaction tuning in supercritical CO2, and the use of CO2 in synthetic organic chemistry. He is Founder Director of C-Capture Ltd., which since its formation in 2009, has developed a fundamentally new solvent based approach for separating CO2 from other gases. Chris is also a co-Founder of Keracol Ltd., which uses sustainable methods for the use of natural products in consumer applications under the Dr Craft brand.

Adrian Rimmer, Senior Advisor, Green Finance, London Stock Exchange Group

Having spent the last decade at the forefront of sustainable investment, Adrian is currently leading a programme to scale-up sustainable finance and ESG disclosure across London Stock Exchange Group’s capital markets, which to date has resulted in the launch of: a Green Economy classification across its markets; a new Sustainable Bond Market; an ESG Disclosure benchmarking tool for companies; and the publication of a guide to green finance.

Adrian established ABN AMRO’s Environmental Markets business in 2006 and later supported renewable energy and clean-tech clients as a Director in RBS’ corporate finance team. As CEO of international certification body the Gold Standard, Adrian oversaw the development of result-based finance tools that have enabled hundreds of clean technology and sustainable land-use projects to attract millions of dollars in investment. He also supported Fairtrade International’s creation of the Fairtrade Climate Standard.

Adrian is a Non-Executive Director of Evora, a leading sustainable real-estate advisor and software business.

Aniruddha Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Clean Solutions

An engineer by practice, the company’s’ chief executive officer, Aniruddha Sharma is responsible for all day-to-day operations and leads the company’s product and customer development strategy. While pursuing his Masters Degree in Statistics at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, Aniruddha co-founded Carbon Clean Solutions in the year 2009. Selected as one of the Top 50 Brightest Young Climate Leaders, he was a part of the youth delegation to COP15 and COP/MOP5 (Kyoto Protocol), held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in the fall of 2009 (December 7th to 18th). He has also been selected as one of the top 27 entrepreneurs working on accelerated commercialization of Technology & Innovation by Accelerator India. Currently working towards tying partnerships for ‘Carbon capture and reuse/sequestration’, he was invited to the esteemed World Economic Forum’s India summit in 2011. Aniruddha works closely on all policy issues related to CCS and also looks into hiring talent for the company.


Lee Beck, Senior Advisor, Advocacy and Communications, Global CCS Institute

Lee is currently the Global CCS Institute’s Senior Advisor for Advocacy and Communications based in the Institute’s Washington, DC office. In her role, Lee works closely with diverse stakeholders in North America to advocate on behalf of and strengthen the understanding of CCS and its role in delivering vital emissions reductions vis-à-vis global climate goals.

Before joining the Institute in mid-2018, Lee was a Public Relations Project Manager at VEIC, a non-profit which addresses the economic and environmental costs of energy consumption through the adoption of energy efficiency and renewables. She began her career as a journalist reporting in Germany, Italy, Tanzania and Hong Kong before gathering experience in a variety of global energy issues such as natural gas markets, energy and climate diplomacy, and the German Energiewende.

Lee has a Master of Arts in International Affairs & Economics with majors in Energy, Resources & Environment and Political Economy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Lee is also currently a Women Leaders in Energy Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. She speaks German, French and Italian.

Jamie Burrows, Client Engagement Manager, Global CCS Institute

Jamie is the Institute’s Client Engagement Manager based at our Central London office. Jamie works in close partnership with Institute Members and wider industry to help accelerate the deployment and commercial viability of CCS. In conjunction with the Institute’s Global Experts on CCS policy, economics and engineering, Jamie facilitates the delivery of high value strategic initiatives.

Jamie is a Chartered Engineer and Manager with 18 years’ experience. He has broad technical and commercial experience gained from roles in the Combustion Industry and Upstream Oil and Gas sector. In recent years Jamie has completed an MBA, giving him broad understanding of project financing and the broader economic considerations for CCS projects.

Jeff Erikson, General-Manager, Client Engagement, Global CCS Institute

Jeff joined the Institute in January 2016 as General Manager —The Americas, before moving to the role of General Manager – Client Engagement in 2017.

In his current role, Jeff is responsible for ensuring the Institute’s Members derive high value from their membership, as well as expanding the membership base and identifying fee-for-service opportunities.

Prior to joining the Institute, Jeff was Director of Global Projects at the Carbon War Room, an international non-governmental organisation and think tank working on issues regarding market-based solutions to climate change.

Jeff served as Senior Vice President at SustainAbility, a global think tank and strategic advisory firm. He spent 14 years at Mobil Oil and ExxonMobil Corporation, where he was responsible for projects and programs in multiple engineering specialities and across a broad range of environmental, health and safety issues.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Bucknell University and is a professional engineer.

Eve Tamme, Senior Advisor – International Climate Change Policy

Eve is the Senior Advisor on International Climate Change Policy at the Institute. Based in Brussels, she is the lead on the institutions and processes that shape and determine the global approach to climate change issues, objectives, technologies and solutions. She provides advice on and facilitates the development of fit-for-purpose advocacy efforts and initiatives within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its subsidiary bodies and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in particular.

Eve has worked on climate change policy since 2004. First, by building and leading the Climate Department in Estonian national administration, later working on international negotiations and emissions trading in DG CLIMA in the European Commission. Before joining the Institute, she was the Counsellor for Climate Change, Sustainability and Environmental Affairs in Estonian Permanent Representation to the EU, working on a wide range policy tools, in particular for European and global climate policy.

Eve holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Tallinn University of Technology.

Guloren Turan, General-Manager, Advocacy and Communications, Global CCS Institute

Guloren is based in our London office, with responsibility for the Advocacy team globally, including our international climate policy activities focused on the UNFCCC and its related bodies.

Guloren has extensive experience in the energy and climate fields. From 2015 to 2017, Guloren led the Government Affairs activities at the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline. Prior to this she held a number of roles over the course of 9 years at BG Group, including Head of Climate Change Strategy, Head of Business Risk for the Group and Lead Corporate Strategist. Guloren holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from Cornell University and BSc Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.


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