UH Energy: The Responsibilities and Liabilities of Climate Speech

Weekly webinar series discussing carbon management strategies relating to challenges and opportunities facing the energy marketplace.

About this Event

The University Of Houston’s Center for Carbon Management in Energy (CCME) is delighted to announce an upcoming webinar series beginning Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 to address a number of key topical areas and issues facing the energy industry. Carbon management has been identified as a key necessity for the energy transition and for real sustainability for our future. The CCME holds a strategic anchor belief that “true” sustainability requires that the energy produced and consumed must be not only environmentally responsible but also reliable and affordable as well. Carbon Management has any number of strategic thrusts be they engineering and science, business, legal, policy and regulatory impact.

We will explore a series of issues that face carbon management strategies in terms of geopolitics, project development, legal frameworks and any number of challenges and opportunities facing the energy marketplace. The recent global pandemic will surely impact short and longer term actions – as will the global economic conditions we face. Join us and our world leading subject matter experts from both the University of Houston and the marketplace.

We hope you will join us every Thursday for the coming months for insights and perspectives from leaders in carbon management.


Thursday, April 30th, 2020

The Responsibilities and Liabilities of Climate Speech

Victor B. Flatt, Dwight Olds Chair in Law; Faculty Director, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Center, University of Houston Law Center

Tracy Hester, CCME Co-Director; Lecturer, University of Houston Law Center

The legal dimensions of climate liability for corporations, nations and investors have emerged in the market affecting shareholders, company balance sheets, and a host of future liability questions citizens may have. There are legal ethics questions that arise from statements made – and statements not made. Join us for a discussion around what scenarios of the future may look like as the courts of public and legal opinion converge on this most challenging topic.

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Digitization of the Energy Industry

Greg Bean, Executive Director, Gutierrez Energy Management Institute at C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston

The energy industry and marketplace is transitioning into a new age of growth as well as lower carbon. Impacts to the petrochemical industry, oil and gas, and electric power are occurring in the production, transmission and consumption of energy and the pace is rapid.

Join us for an overview of the many areas that are in transition today and how that pace of change will continue to grow as we emerge and re-invent ourselves in the coming months. There will be winners and losers in this transition to digitalization. Who will they be?


Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

CCUS and the 45Q IRS Guidance – What We Know Now and What Remains?

David Lowman, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

The topic of CCUS has been of key marketplace interest over the past few years and this has culminated with the recent release of the NPC Study “The Dual Challenge.” The road-map of at-scale deployment of CCUS has a number of challenges and opportunities, but of prime interest and clarity to enable investment is the updated IRS guidance on 45Q.

Comments were solicited this past summer and the IRS has released a series of updated and clarified rulings that we will review and discuss in this Webinar presentation by the CCME. The Webinar will feature subject matter expert, David Lowman, Partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A.

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

The Sea Change in Energy Globally – The Headwinds We Face And The Tailwinds We Hope For

John Hofmeister, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Citizens for Affordable Energy; Past President, Shell Oil Company

With the remarkable change in the geopolitical landscape of the past month, what can we expect to experience? Economic demand destruction, capital markets shrinking, growth and economic forecasts that have been dramatically reduced, will disrupt the landscape. The impacts to issues such as climate change and carbon management and declarations by industry and governments will be viewed through a new lens. The fundamentals of globalization will be challenged. But all is not lost as radical change has always created opportunity through new perspectives. The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A.

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

The CCUS Landscape And Why It May Never Be Better

Nigel Jenvey, Global Head of Carbon Management, Gaffney, Cline & Associates; and Charles McConnell, Energy Center Officer, Center for Carbon Management, University of Houston

The marketplace and future of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) will be impacted by the recent health and economic impacts. The recently released study by the National Petroleum Council to the US Department of Energy provided a roadmap for the broad commercial deployment of CCUS, both short and long term, but our world has changed overnight. Capital markets, industry valuations, and demand destruction will challenge business performance. Does the opportunity to enable CCUS as an accretive business and environmental value proposition look more or less promising? Join us for a thorough assessment and analysis of CCUS and the path forward for this most critical transformative technology.


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