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Top Energy Officials from North America Collaborate on Carbon Capture Solutions at BEG

Energy officials from across North America met at the Bureau of Economic Geology on Dec. 2–3, 2015, to discuss how the United States, Canada and Mexico can collaborate to advance carbon capture and storage, a key technology to fight climate change and produce cleaner energy.

“We’re really proud to host such a committed and dynamic group of countries interested in climate change mitigation through CCUS (carbon capture, utilization and storage),” said Susan Hovorka, a senior research scientist and principal investigator at the bureau’s Gulf Coast Carbon Center.

Nineteen officials representing government, industry, policy and academic institutions attended the event to discuss their own experience in CCUS development and to plan best practices for collaboration between their countries and organizations.

Representatives from the U.S. and Canada attended the event at the bureau, while Mexican officials participated remotely.

“Meeting the past day and a half was to generate other ideas, and I think we’ve been very successful in that,” said Robert Wright, a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Energy.

The meeting was part of the North American Energy Ministers’ Working Group on Climate Change and Energy.