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Carbon Sequestration with Julio Friedmann

Climate Now

In order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, we must (in addition to reducing emissions) capture carbon and permanently store it where it cannot be released, a process known as carbon sequestration.So, what is currently being done to advance carbon sequestration? What policy and economic levers need to be implemented to incentivize its wide-scale deployment?To answer these questions, Climate Now spoke with Dr. Julio Friedmann, Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA and previously the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy.


6 Aug 2021

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Ep. 131 : Jon Goldberg & Julio Friedmann, Founder & CEO and Chief Scientist at Carbon Direct

My Climate Journey

Today's guests are Jon Goldberg, Founder & CEO of Carbon Direct and Julio Friedmann, Chief Scientist at Carbon Direct.I learned a lot in the episode. Jon and Julio are the first pair to come onto the podcast and it led to a fascinating discussion. We dive into Carbon Direct, their place in the market, and how Carbon Direct is changing the game. We also discuss the areas Jon and Julio are most excited about as well as net zero commitments and the controversy of offsets. In today’s episode, we cover:How Carbon Direct works & its position in the marketNet zero commitments comparisonAssessing a company’s carbon footprintJon & Julio’s stances on offsetsBiggest problems facing large companiesCompanies’ motivations for working with Carbon DirectAreas Jon & Julio are most excited aboutCarbon Removal vs. Carbon CaptureWhere we are now and where we need to goLinks to topics discussed in this episode:Carbon Removal vs. Carbon Capture: https://www.american.edu/sis/centers/carbon-removal/explaining-carbon-removal.cfm#main-containerCarbon Direct: https://carbon-direct.com/Net Zero Commitments: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/global-net-zero-commitments-double-less-year


16 Nov 2020

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Dr. Julio Friedmann - on carbon capture, utilization and storage

Planet A - Talks on climate change

In the seventh episode of the podcast, Dan Jørgensen talks with Dr. Julio Friedmann, who served as Lead of President Obama’s Research and Development program for Carbon Capture and Storage and CO2 utilization in the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Friedmann is renowned as one of the world’s leading experts on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as well as Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS). The discussion on the podcast covers CCS – the process of capturing carbon and storing it underground – and CCUS – the process of using the carbon to produce green hydrogen, methanol or ammonia.Dr. Friedmann argues that both CCS and CCUS are prerequisites to combat climate change. He explains that the technologies has been available for decades, but that we need more research, development and finance to scale the technology and bring down costs. He says that CCS is not a product per se, and thus need financial incentives to be further developed.Today, Dr. Friedmann, a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy where he is leads their Carbon Mitigation Research Initiative.While originally educated as a musical composer, Dr. Friedmann received his Ph.D. in Geology, before embarking on his career in both academia, politics and the business world. Prior to working for President Obama, he was the Chief Energy Technologist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - one of the United States leading energy research institutions. He has also worked as a research scientist at the University of Maryland and as a Senior Research Scientist at ExxonMobil.During the interview, Dr. Friedmann mentions his former boss, “Ernie Moniz” – a reference to Dr. Ernest Moniz, the United States Secretary of Energy from 2013-17.


2 Oct 2020

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Interview: Dr. Julio Friedmann

Stories of Decarbonization

In this unedited full interview with Prof. Friedmann, listen to us discuss the issue of industrial heat, innovation agendas, and the nuances of creating technological change. Dr. Julio Friedmann is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. With a background in geology and degrees from MIT and USC, Dr. Friedmann is now one of the most widely known experts on carbon removal, CO2 conversion and use, and carbon capture and sequestration. He has testified numerous times for the US Congress and worked in the US State Department, Environmental Protection Agency, and US Treasury. In Fall 2019, Dr. Friedmann and the Center for Global Energy Policy released the report “Low-Carbon Heat Solutions for Heavy Industry”.


26 Aug 2020

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Going Deep on Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS), with Julio Friedmann

Resources Radio

This week, host Daniel Raimi talks about carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS) with Julio Friedmann, a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Friedmann gives an overview of the status of CCUS deployment worldwide, describes the costs of CCUS relative to other approaches for reducing emissions, and notes some emerging federal policies that aim to increase deployment of CCUS in the United States.References and recommendations:"Capturing Investment: Policy Design to Finance CCUS Projects in the US Power Sector" by Julio Friedmann, Emeka Ochu, and Jeffrey D. Brown; https://energypolicy.columbia.edu/research/report/capturing-investment-policy-design-finance-ccus-projects-us-power-sector"To Tackle Climate Change, the (Industrial) Heat Is On" by Julio Friedmann; https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-10-21/amid-climate-change-the-heat-is-on-heavy-industry-to-decarbonize"Low-Carbon Heat Solutions for Heavy Industry: Sources, Options, and Costs Today" by Julio Friedmann, Zhiyuan Fan, and Ke Tang; https://energypolicy.columbia.edu/research/report/low-carbon-heat-solutions-heavy-industry-sources-options-and-costs-today"Engineers of Victory" by Paul Kennedy; https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/91616/engineers-of-victory-by-paul-kennedy/"Innovation and Its Enemies" by Calestous Juma; https://global.oup.com/academic/product/innovation-and-its-enemies-9780190467036?cc=us&lang=en&"45Q&A" blog series about the 45Q tax credit for CCUS; https://www.resourcesmag.org/common-resources/45q-series-comments-45q-tax-credit-carbon-capture-utilization-and-storage-ccus/


5 May 2020

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Season 2 Episode 9: Clean Energy and Climate Change with Dr. Julio Friedmann

The Hot Dish

In this episode, Senator Heitkamp speak to Dr. Julio Friedmann, a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy under President Obama. Websites Dr. Friendmann Spoke About: Global CCS Institute Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy


28 Feb 2020

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Ep 61: Julio Friedmann, Senior Research Scholar & Lead of CaMRI Initiative at Columbia University

My Climate Journey

Today’s guest Dr. Julio Friedmann, a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.Dr. Friedmann recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy where he was responsible for DOE’s R&D program in advanced fossil energy systems, carbon capture, and storage (CCS), CO2 utilization, and clean coal deployment. His expertise includes Large-Scale Carbon Management, CO2 removal, CO2 recycling, Oil and Gas systems, international engagements in clean fossil energy, and inter-agency engagements within the US government. He has also held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, including Senior Advisor for Energy Innovation and Chief Energy Technologist. He is also the CEO of Carbon Wrangler, LLC, is a Distinguished Associate at the Energy Futures Initiative, and serves as a special advisor to the Global CCS Institute. He was recently named as a Senior Fellow to the Breakthrough Institute and the Climate Leadership Council.Dr. Friedmann is one of the most widely known and authoritative experts in the U.S. on carbon removal (CO2 drawdown from the air and oceans), CO2 conversion and use (carbon-to-value), and carbon capture and sequestration. His expertise includes technology, policy, and operations. In addition to close partnerships with many private companies and NGOs, Julio has worked with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Treasury.Dr. Friedmann received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), followed by a Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Southern California. He worked for five years as a senior research scientist at ExxonMobil, then as a research scientist at the University of Maryland. He serves as a formal and informal advisor to several clean energy and CarbonTech companies.In today’s episode, we cover:Julio’s current work at the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, leading an initiative called the Carbon Mitigation Research Initiative, CAMRI.Julio’s prior work, including at places like Lawrence Livermore National Lab, DOE, and ExxonMobil.When Julio started caring about climate change, how that came about, and how his thinking on the problem has evolved over the years.What culpability the fossil fuel industry has, and their role in the climate fight looking forwards.Julio’s current work in emissions-heavy industries.The role of government.The role of carbon capture, and best ways to accelerate.The importance of prioritization, based on big levers but also on what’s doable.The role of consumers.How Julio would allocate a big pot of money to maximize its impact in the climate fightJulio’s advice for the most important things you and I can do to help.Links to topics discussed in this episode:Dr. Julio Friedmann bio: https://energypolicy.columbia.edu/dr-julio-friedmannColumbia Center on Global Energy Policy: https://energypolicy.columbia.edu/Mr. Peabody and Sherman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Peabody_%26_ShermanLee Raymond: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_RaymondStratigraphy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StratigraphyLawrence Livermore National Lab: https://www.llnl.gov/DOE: https://www.energy.gov/Ernie Moniz: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_MonizOffice of Fossil Energy: https://www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energyJonathan Pershing: https://hewlett.org/people/jonathan-pershing/Melanie Kenderdine: https://www.energy.gov/policy/contributors/melanie-kenderdineHoward Gruenspecht: https://www.csis.org/people/howard-gruenspechtHu Jintao: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hu_JintaoXi Jinping: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xi_JinpingVaclav Smil: http://vaclavsmil.com/Pete Buttigieg: https://peteforamerica.com/meet-pete/Climeworks: https://www.climeworks.com/Geoengineering: http://www.geoengineering.ox.ac.uk/www.geoengineering.ox.ac.uk/what-is-geoengineering/what-is-geoengineering/Chemtrails conspiracy theory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemtrail_conspiracy_theoryYou can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.Enjoy the show!

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9 Dec 2019

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Carbon wrangling with Julio Friedmann

Breakthrough Dialogues

Julio Friedmann is a carbon wrangler. Wrangling entails three things: keeping carbon emissions from the air and oceans, taking them out of the air and oceans, and creating a circular economy where the carbon is used and restored. This sounds like a futuristic system, but carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies are actually quite mature. Ever drank beer or soda pop? You’re almost certainly drinking CO2 that came from a capture device in a power plant. We’ve known how to wrangle carbon for decades; what isn’t mature is the financing mechanisms and the policy. But as Julio argues, “we’re all on the clock and winning slowly is the same as losing,” so it’s time to double down on CCS efforts. Julio is probably the world’s leading thinker on CCS technologies. He is distinguished associate at the Energy Futures Initiative and senior advisor at the Global CCS Institute. Previously, he served as principal deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the US DOE, chief energy technologist for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, senior research scientist at ExxonMobil, and faculty at the University of Maryland. He has a PhD from the University of Southern California, and is a Breakthrough Senior Fellow. @CarbonWrangler


25 Jun 2018

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16: Dr. Julio Friedmann, CEO of Carbon Wrangler

Reversing Climate Change

Dr. Friedmann joins Ross and Christophe to define his role as a carbon wrangler and why it’s important, walking us through the current climate math and sharing his insight on reframing carbon in the atmosphere as a resource to be mined. They discuss the best approach to inspiring progress around climate change, the fundamentals of carbon capture and storage, and the differences among offsets, onsets and insets.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support


20 Mar 2018

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China’s Green Leap Forward - Julio Friedmann & David Victor

China 21

Dr. Julio Friedmann unpacks the environmental and energy challenges in China - the world’s largest energy user, largest emitter, largest market and largest cleantech enterprise. Interview is followed by excerpt from conversation with Dr. David Victor Dr. Friedmann is the senior advisor for energy innovation at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has extensive experience at the intersection of clean energy, public policy and global cooperation. Previously, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal at U.S. Department of Energy. He also advised the US-China Clean Energy Research Center. Following ratification of Paris, they have undertaken an ambitious set of commitments to dramatically change their energy supply, infrastructure, use and efficiency. These large efforts and commitments are backed by substantial actions and investments. At the same time, they are undercut by retractions, shifting targets, a government reform agenda and complex geopolitical forces — converting these investments into both deep decarbonization and economic growth is contingent on technological, financial and human forces. Deep reduction of pollution and GHG emissions will only be achieved through innovation, sustained government action and triumph of this agenda in a complex national context. The chance of success is hard to assess, but required for the global climate accords to have any chance of success. China 21 is produced by the 21st Century China Center, at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. This podcast features expert voices, insights and stories about China’s economy, politics, society, and the implications for international affairs. Learn more at china.ucsd.edu This episode was recorded at UC San Diego Studio Ten300 Host: Samuel Tsoi Editors: Mike Fausner, Anthony King Production Support: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Amy Robinson, Sarah Pfledderer, Michelle Fredricks Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project Episode photo credit: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images


14 Dec 2016