Thursday, October 21

Deep Decarbonization: The Role of Carbon Capture and Hydrogen in Achieving a Net-Zero Emissions Economy

Event overview

This hour long thought leadership panel explored the role of carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies (CCUS) in achieving deep decarbonization across the power, transportation, and industrial sectors of the economy as well as the role of CCUS in the development of the global hydrogen market.

Panelists discussed the policy pathways forward for deployment, and opportunities for innovative applications – all while considering how investors, businesses, and policymakers can best work together to accelerate the clean energy transition in light of the new administration.

Speakers included:

Samantha McCulloch, Head of Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Unit at IEA

Samantha McCulloch is the Head of the CCUS Unit at the Paris-based International Energy Agency. Her team provides leading analysis and insights on the development and deployment of carbon capture, utilisation and storage technologies. Samantha is a lead author of several IEA publications, including the Energy Technology Perspectives Special Report: CCUS in Clean Energy Transitions. Prior to joining the IEA, Samantha was the Policy Director of the Australian Coal Association and held various positions in the Australian Government. Samantha has a Master of Public Policy, LLB (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce.


Trude Sundset, Strategic Advisor and Business Development at Aker Horizons

Trude Sundset is a Strategic Advisor and Business Developer in Aker Horizons, a planet positive investment company. Previously, Sundset was the CEO of Gassnova – the Norwegian state enterprise for CCS. Sundset has broad experience from international organizational work as a board member of organizations such as IEA GHG, CSLF and ZEP as well as leading positions within the area of energy, environment and climate issues in the oil and gas industry.
In Statoil ASA Sundset held positions as: Head of Environment and Climate International and Vice President Environment and Climate Corporate HSE. Trude Sundset has a Master of Science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (now the Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in Trondheim.

Her broad-based industrial experience and extensive career as a researcher within climate and environmental issues related to the oil and gas sector, have given her an unique insight in green industry development and technological solutions to mitigate climate change.

Tom Holberg, Partner at Baker Botts

Tom Holmberg is a partner in the Global Projects Group at Baker Botts. He assists clients with energy projects and transactions around the world. He focuses on the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, CCUS, and natural gas pipeline projects and transactions. He works with clients at all stages of such projects in areas that include project structuring, contracting, governmental approvals, and the negotiation of commercial agreements and project development documents. He is the co-chair of the LNG, hydrogen and CCUS practice groups.

Mr. Holmberg advises clients on an array of regulatory issues, including contract and tariff matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He also represents clients before the Department of Energy (DOE) for authorizations to export and import natural gas under the Natural Gas Act. He has handled administrative and appellate litigation before the FERC and the courts on these matters. He has also represented clients before FERC in electricity market restructuring proceedings.

Jeremy Harrell, Managing Director – Policy at ClearPath

Jeremy is a Managing Director at ClearPath, where he leads public policy development and promotion efforts.  He specializes in clean energy innovation, financing policies, and regulatory reforms that accelerate the development and export of cutting-edge technologies.

Jeremy is also a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEAC) and serves in leadership roles at multiple clean energy industry trade groups.  He is the Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council leads the legislative efforts for Geothermal Rising, the largest association for geothermal energy professionals.

Before joining ClearPath, Jeremy advised Congressional leaders, across multiple roles in the House and Senate, on energy, environmental, national security, tax, and transportation policy for a decade. He received his B.A. in Political Science and History from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.