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UW Expert to Speak on Global Carbon Issues Nov. 13

October 30, 2015

The director of the University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute will speak at UW Friday, Nov, 13, about international carbon management policy in light of an upcoming United Nations summit.

Kipp Coddington, an international expert on regulation and policy that pertain to energy and carbon management, will deliver a “Carbon Policy Update: Rio (1992) to Paris (2015)” from 2-4 p.m. in the Encana Auditorium of UW’s Energy Innovation Center. The public is invited.

Coddington will cover the history of international accords aimed at reducing carbon emissions, beginning with the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. That conference led to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty committing nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

He also will discuss what is anticipated from the Nov. 30-Dec. 11 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, where a global agreement on climate change will be pursued.

Coddington took the reins of the Carbon Management Institute earlier this year after a distinguished career in Washington, D.C., advising fossil and renewable energy companies in addressing some of their most challenging energy, environmental and climate issues. He has guided complex infrastructure projects making beneficial use of carbon dioxide, and monetizing carbon dioxide reductions through market mechanisms.

Coddington chairs the committee within the International Organization for Standardization that is drafting the world’s first technical standard for carbon dioxide storage during enhanced oil recovery. He also co-led the formation of, and still represents, the North American Carbon Capture and Storage Association, an assembly of senior energy company executives that addresses carbon management topics.

As one of the Centers of Excellence in UW’s School of Energy Resources (SER), the Carbon Management Institute researches a broad range of solutions to mitigate carbon emission including capture, utilization and storage as well as advanced conversion technologies.

SER provides undergraduate and graduate education, conducts research on existing and emerging industry resources, and disseminates scientific, engineering and economic information to support Wyoming’s near- and long-term energy future.

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