FSCM Workshop: Addressing Gaps and Barriers to Lowering Carbon Emissions in Electric Power and Transportation

Wednesday, October 21-22, 2009, 9:00am EDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Derrick Wu
Baltimore, MD
United States

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Objective:  Electric power and transportation options to meet demand for energy with low greenhouse gas emissions face a variety of gaps in the technologies and understanding of the systems that make up each option. Many of the promising options to meet demand with low greenhouse gas emissions are not mature, and there are major gaps to be addressed.  In addition, there are significant barriers to each option's deployment at a pace that may prove appropriate to manage the risks of climate change.

For the most promising options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in electric power generation and in the transportation sector, the workshop objectives are to:

  • Identify the principal knowledge and technology gaps and implementation barriers
  • Define approaches to the resolution of these gaps and barriers
  • Define what roles Engineering Societies may take in resolving the principal gaps and barriers

Participants: The workshop aimed to engage 40-60 participants with expertise relevant to the definition and resolution of Gaps and Barriers to lowering carbon emissions in the electric power and transportation sectors, and who are thought leaders influencing, for example, the public policy, R&D activity, and the actions of professional societies.

Agenda: 

Workshop Introduction: A Plenary Session

Day One, October 21, 2009

9:00AM The Carbon Management Project: an Overview - Dale Keairns and Darlene Schuster
9:30AM Addressing Gaps and Barriers to Lowering Carbon Emissions in Electric Power and Transportation: Workshop Scene Set - Haroon Kheshgi
9:45AM Options for Lowering Carbon Emissions and their Attributes: Scorecard -Arnold Feldman (Introduction - Scorecard Background & Scores)
10:15AM Break
10:30AM Scorecard Discussion - Arnold Feldman
11:30AM Lunch
12:30PM What are the Principal Gaps and Barriers?
Principal Gaps and Barriers: Breakout Session Objectives - Richard Wright
12:45PM

Breakout Sessions:

  1. Electric Power - System Attributes and Technology Gaps
  2. Transportation - System Attributes and Technology Gaps
  3. Barriers to Implementation at a Pace and Scale to Effect Overall GHG Emissions
  4. Legal, Regulatory and Acceptance Barriers to Implementation of Options
2:30PM Break
3:00PM Reports of breakout groups to plenary and discussion
4:30PM Principal Gaps and Barriers
5:00PM Close of session (core group meets between close and dinner)
6:30PM Dinner
Day Two, October 22, 2009
  How should gaps and barriers be addressed?
8:30AM Addressing Gaps and Barriers: Breakout Session Objectives - Veronika Rabl
8:45AM

Breakout Sessions:

  1. Electric Power - System Attributes and Technology Gaps
  2. Transportation - System Attributes and Technology Gaps
  3. Barriers to Implementation at a Pace and Scale to Effect Overall GHG Emissions
  4. Legal, Regulatory and Acceptance Barriers to Implementation of Options
10:45AM Break (Breakout groups prepare report-back material)
11:00AM

Reports of breakout groups to plenary and discussion

  • Addressing Gaps and Barriers - groups to consider appropriate ways for society in general to address gaps and barriers as part of an overall strategy for climate change risk management, report back and discussion, summarize
  • Engineering Societies' Roles - groups to consider what roles engineering societies could have in addressing gaps and barriers, report back and discussion, summarize
12:00PM Summary Discussion: Addressing Principa Gaps and Barriers
1:00PM Close of session
1:00PM

Lunch

2:00PM Core Group Meeting

Questions for Breakout Session 1

1.  Electric Power –System Attributes and Technology Gaps

a. What are the most promising options?  Start with the 5 highest graded options from the electric power scorecard results.
b. For the most promising options, what are the principal gaps (e.g., associated with and attribute of grade C or lower; be more specific than the attribute description)?
c. Any key observations of the group; e.g. are there major gaps affecting many options and/or attributes?

2. Transportation – System Attributes and Technology Gaps

a. What are the most promising options?  Start with the 5 highest graded options from the transportation scorecard results.
b. For the most promising options, what are the principal gaps (e.g., associated with and attribute of grade C or lower; be more specific than the attribute description)?
c. Any key observations of the group; e.g. are there major gaps affecting many options and/or attributes?

3. Barriers to Implementation at a Pace and Scale to Effect Overall GHG Emissions

a. What are the most promising options?  Start with the 2-3 highest graded options from the electric power scorecard and 2-3 highest graded options from the transportation scorecard results.
b. For the most promising options, what are the principal barriers to implementation (e.g., associated with and attribute of grade C or lower; be more specific than the attribute description)?
c. Any key observations of the group; e.g. are there major barriers affecting many options and/or attributes?

4. Legal, Regulatory and Acceptance Barriers to Implementation of Options

a. What are the most promising options?  Start with the 2-3 highest graded options from the electric power scorecard and 2-3 highest graded options from the transportation scorecard results.
b. For the most promising options, what are the principal Legal, Regulatory and Acceptance barriers to implementation in the United States (e.g., associated with and attribute of grade C or lower; be more specific than the attribute description)?
c. Any key observations of the group; e.g. are there major barriers affecting many options and/or attributes?

Workshop Planning Committee:

  • Haroon Kheshgi, AIME
  • Arnold Feldman, ASME
  • Dale Keairns, AIChE
  • Karen Person, IfS/AIChE
  • Veronika Rabl, IEEE
  • Darlene Schuster, IfS/AIChE
  • Richard Wright, ASCE