I am so appreciative of receiving the Greenman Award (even though I am the first Greenwoman). There are so many people who are deserving of this honor. CCS has advanced so rapidly over the past ten years. It is truly remarkable, but entirely dependent on the hard work and dedication of so many people.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with outstanding scientists and engineers from around the world. The IPCC Special Report on CO2 Capture and Storage brought many of us together, not that we agreed on everything, but this accelerated the pace of building a worldwide community of researchers interested in CCS.
We also owe a great deal to the pioneers who started the Sleipner Saline Aquifer CO2 Storage Project. Operating for nearly 16 years, this project has provided a wealth of data and insights. The seismic data and interpretations have taught us so much about the behavior of CO2 in the subsurface.
The IEA Greenhouse Gas Programme has also been crucial for the development of CCS. I attended my first IEAGHG conference in Interlaken, Switzerland in 1998, and have been to everyone since then. The IEAGHG has contributed so much, from the conferences, to the networks, and now a high impact journal that publishes leading research articles. So, thank you very much for this wonderful award. It made my year!
Now all we need to do it get CCS implemented in a couple hundred projects. Then, we will all know we have succeeded.
I will be really proud to be a small part of that.
Blogged by Sally Benson,
2012 Greenman Award Recipient