Stanford Carbon Removal Initiative, Precourt Institute for Energy and Woods Institute for the Environment
Stanford Center for Carbon Storage and Stanford Carbon Removal Initiative present a Special Webinar Event
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 12pm–1pm PTTitle: Cement & Concrete DecarbonizationSpeaker: Eric Trusiewicz, Fellow at Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & FinanceAbout This WebinarThe cement & concrete industries provide a material fundamental to civilization. Cement is ubiquitous, extremely low-cost, robust, easy to use, and embedded in regulations worldwide which are meant to protect public safety. At the same time, the production of cement is responsible for around 7% of global CO2 emissions and is difficult to decarbonize since its production requires very high temperature heat (>1450 C) and >50% of emissions comes directly from the raw material itself (limestone). Increased focus on hard-to-decarbonize industries from governments and investors has pushed the industry to accelerate its efforts to reduce CO2. This has led to a proliferation of new technologies for low-CO2 cement and concrete, promoted by the increasing number of startups, national or university R&D centers, or individual and collaborative efforts of industry itself. Judging which technologies have the potential to be scalable to gigatons and deployable rapidly in the face of an industry with extremely low variable cost and $1 trillion of deployed capital stock is a key challenge for investors and regulators. Supporting those efforts with the financial resources and regulatory reform is critical to decarbonizing the global economy. This webinar will give a basic background in the technical and market aspects of the global cement and concrete industries; it will highlight recent developments on cement CO2 as well as existing and emerging technologies for decarbonization; and present a framework for thinking about the economic and industrial feasibility of emerging technologies and their potential impact.
About the SpeakerEric Trusiewicz is a specialist on heavy industrial decarbonization, especially cement & concrete. He has worked on the topic as an entrepreneur in residence at the cleantech venture capital fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures, as a fellow at Stanford University, and prior to that has a decade of experience in the cement industry in a variety of executive roles across Europe and the United States. Eric holds a Master’s degree in Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University.