IDRIC Annual Conference 2024

Sessions

Keynote Sessions

Professor Mercedes Maroto Valer

IDRIC Director

Beth (Hardy) Valiaho

Vice President, Policy, Regulatory & Stakeholder Relations, International CCS Knowledge Centre

David Walker

Project Manager, Progressive Energy

Main Sessions

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Research insights: accelerating industrial decarbonisation
CO2 & hydrogen transport and storage

This session explored shipping & transport scenarios, accurate measurement of CO2, and selecting the best geological storage options for both CO2 and hydrogen

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Research insights: accelerating industrial decarbonisation
Industrial circularity: waste to worth

This session investigated how captured CO2 and other waste streams can be utilised to produce valuable chemicals and fuels.

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Research insights: accelerating industrial decarbonisation
Towards a net-zero workforce

This session addressed the workforce implications of the transition to net-zero, how clusters can manage the demands for skilled workers, and how we balance these needs with achieving a just transition.

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Research insights: accelerating industrial decarbonisation
Navigating trade-offs: taking truly sustainable pathways to decarbonise

This session examined the wider environmental impacts of our routes to decarbonisation and the tools being developed to support industry in their decision-making process.

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Research insights: accelerating industrial decarbonisation
Building momentum in carbon capture

This session highlighted the rapid advances in technologies for capturing industrial emissions, direct air capture (DAC), and understanding the public perceptions of these innovations.

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Beyond local acceptance: delivering a place-based just transition in industrial clusters

This workshop introduced the Place-based Just Transition Framework, offering guidelines on potential gaps, trade-offs, and action plans for policymakers, cluster developers, and local stakeholders in delivering a socially fair, place-sensitive industrial decarbonisation. The session provided an opportunity to explore and discuss how stakeholders from industry, government and civil society can use this ‘actionable knowledge’ to collaborate with their host communities on the journey toward net zero

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Harnessing early career researchers to achieve net zero in industry

This workshop focused on how to harness the high-level skills of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to address gaps in the push towards net zero goals. We invited early career researchers, industry representatives and senior academics to discuss how to maximise this potential and position these individuals for leadership roles in the industry’s efforts to decarbonise.

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Co-creating pathways for industrial decarbonisation through research & innovation

This interactive workshop session was designed for our whole community to co-develop IDRIC’s future research agenda. We wanted to ensure our stakeholders, from across the industrial decarbonisation ecosystem, had the opportunity to shape the research & innovation required to accelerate the delivery of net zero industry in the UK.

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Does one plus one always equal two? Carbon accounting for a circular economy

This workshop explored the complexities of carbon accounting, addressing the challenges faced by industry in accounting across complex supply chains and variations between countries and clusters. The session featured IDRIC’s work in this area and encouraged participants to share thoughts and experiences, helping us to take it to the next level.

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Mapping the green hydrogen supply chain: current challenges and future opportunities

This workshop was designed to bring together industry professionals and academics who are interested or engaged in the green hydrogen supply chain, particularly within industrial clusters. Its focus spanned green hydrogen production, storage, transportation, utilisation, and distribution. It also encompassed critical discussions on regulation, policymaking, and the integration of green hydrogen within existing and future energy systems. Participants had the opportunity to engage in a rich dialogue on the pressing challenges confronting the green hydrogen supply chain and to collaboratively explore visionary directions for future development.

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Aligning financing with the green transition 

This session focused on policy implications of some of IDRIC’s research on green finance. It looked at factors that affect green bond valuations and access to green venture capital.

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Will industrial decarbonisation produce resilient communities? 

This panel discussion explored public responses to industrial decarbonisation in the face of global uncertainties. It emphasised the importance of engaging local communities to co-create effective pathways for change, offering insights valuable to industry representatives and policymakers, as well as academics. The session considered possible recommendations for stakeholders interested in the research, encouraging audience participation.