Global CCS Institute raises advocacy bar to tackle climate change
Friday, 14 October 2016: The Global CCS Institute is intensifying its efforts to communicate the benefits of carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a key climate change mitigator through the appointment of new advocacy and communications positions.
The Institute has announced the appointments of Antonios Papaspiropoulos as Global Lead, Advocacy and Communications, and Jake Lynn as Senior Advisor, Advocacy and Communications, Americas.
They will be based in the Institute’s Melbourne and Washington DC offices, respectively.
Announcing the appointments, Global CCS Institute CEO, Brad Page, says Papaspiropoulos and Lynn are proven communicators with extensive experience in national and international advocacy roles within government, media and multinational organisations.
“Advocating and communicating the need to embrace CCS technology is a vital component in meeting the world’s targets for mitigating global warming at least cost.
As it stands, we are going to overshoot the Paris Agreement 2°C temperature targets if CCS is not deployed alongside renewables and other energy efficiencies.”
Mr Page says there are 15 large scale carbon capture and storage plants operating globally with another seven under construction, including one in Australia. A further 18 are at various stages of planning around the world.
CCS is a reality in the power sector with a large-scale CCS power project operating in Canada and two more coming on line in the United States, says Mr Page.
“CCS is the only technology that can achieve deep emission reductions in the industrial sector – steel, cement, fertiliser production – which contributes 25 per cent of global CO₂ emissions.
“Clearly, CCS has a fantastic story to tell and the time for action is now, if we are going to achieve the policy shifts necessary to tackle the climate change problem.”
For media enquiries, contact:
Antonios Papaspiropoulos, +61 401 944 478, Antonios.Papaspiropoulos@globalccsinstitute.com
Jake Lynn, +202 895 2793, Jake.Lynn@globalccsinstitute.com
About the Global CCS Institute The Global CCS Institute is an international membership organisation. Our mission is to accelerate the development, demonstration and deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security.
Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible by sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so that this vital technology can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Our diverse international membership consists of governments, global corporations, small companies, research bodies and nongovernment organisations, committed to CCS as an integral part of a low-carbon future. We are headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with regional offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Beijing and Tokyo. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com