A Preliminary Outline of a Proposed Webinar About Advances in Carbon-Related Technologies That Can Be Scaled Up Quickly

The proposed webinar below is an updated version of this webinar that the Climate Solutions Advancement Network (ClimateSAN) hosted in 2023 called Innovations in Tech and Growth of Climate Finance Creating Opportunities for Businesses, Students and Graduates, which could be promoted by many organizations that are supporting the development of carbon-related technologies including the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), Carbon Management Canada (CMC), iClimateTech, and Canada Clean Tech Alliance.  Given below is some background and then an outline of this proposed enhanced webinar:

Many environmental groups oppose financial support for technologies that can help the fossil fuel sector transition to a low-carbon economy.  For example, many environmentalists are in denial about the rapid progress of carbon-based technologies (CarbonTech) and oppose government financial support for carbon capture technologies.  As a result, they are effectively “science deniers” relating to CarbonTech, thereby significantly slowing climate action.  Therefore, we should highlight some relatively new carbon capture and/or conversion technologies that already have a high technology readiness level (TRL) and are in the process of scaling up.  For example, we could highlight some of the carbon capture technologies profiled in this Global CCS Institute Report: State of the Art: CCS Technologies 2023.

After highlighting some of these high TRL technologies, we can show CRIN’s Canada’s Oil & Gas Innovation Ecosystem Map (2022) to show how large this innovation ecosystem is and why many more technologies are in the development pipeline.  We can then explain why and how so many more technologies are or will soon be in the process of scaling up.

We can then show how there are many available complementary technologies that can now be combined to maximize climate impact in a profitable and sustainable way.  To view a webpage with a short video and a full presentation we prepared on this topic, visit: Combining Complementary Technologies to Maximize Climate Impact in a Sustainable and Profitable Way.

The proposed target audience for the webinar is recommended to to be fairly broad, including environmental groups, journalists specializing in climate issues, students and entrepreneurs.

Given below is a summary of the previous webinar we hosted:

Opportunities have emerged for businesses, students and recent graduates due to advances in several complementary technologies and increased availability of climate finance.  For example, there have been advancements in power generation with carbon capture, biochar production, conversion of CO2 to renewable fuel, direct air capture, energy storage and renewable energy, which are now making it possible to create facilities that generate reliable energy with negative carbon emissions.  As a result of these innovations, an existing biomass-fueled power station can be enhanced to include carbon capture, biochar production, conversion of CO2 to renewable fuel, energy storage and renewable energy.  These types of facilities are eligible for considerable incentive funding from government programs and can be re-financed with Green Bonds after they are operational and generating income.

There are many more ways complementary technologies can be integrated to lower costs and maximize impact.  To view information about more technology combinations that produce reliable carbon-negative energy, visit Integrating Technologies to Produce Reliable Carbon-Negative Energy.  There are also technology combinations that produce food products and reliable electricity.  To view information about some examples of these combinations, visit Integrating Technologies to Produce Agricultural Products and Reliable Electricity.

This webinar will highlight a range of innovative complementary technologies, some example technology integrations to maximize climate impact in a profitable way, and a range of funding options to finance projects utilizing these technologies.

Note: This webinar is complementary to the other webinar we are proposing, which is Proposed Webinar Outline: Green Bonds 101 and Scaling Up Clean Tech.  This other webinar would be promoted to small and medium businesses seeking funding to substantially scale up their respective technologies.