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Co2 Utilization: A Pathway to Net Zero?

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), RWTH Aachen, University of Sheffield | Tim Langhorst, Lorenzo Cremonese, Stephen McCord

How to assess the sustainability of emerging technologies

During the event, the project members (University of Sheffield, Technical University Berlin, RWTH Aachen and the IASS Potsdam) will present their work on assessing CO2 utilization technologies, with particular emphasis on the most promising processes for mitigating emissions, and their environmental and techno-economic challenges. What is the current understanding of the future contribution of these technologies to net zero? How far are they from entering the market? The answers to these questions and other posed by the audience will also be discussed at the event. The CO2nsistent project is funded by the Global CO2 Initiative and the EIT Climate-KIC and focusses on environmental and techno-economic assessment of innovative CO2 utilization technologies.


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Tim Langhorst

Die Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH)

Tim Langhorst studied chemistry and biotechnology and obtained his B.Sc., at Hochschule Niederrhein (University of Applied Sciences) in Krefeld, Germany. During his bachelor studies, he did an apprenticeship and worked as a certified Chemical Technician at a specialty chemical company. In 2019, he graduated with his master’s degree in Molecular and Applied Biotechnology at RWTH Aachen University. During his master studies, Tim focused on developing biotechnological processing routes for the chemical industry. In particular, he investigated intracellular metabolic networks to reuse carbon dioxide. In 2019, Tim joined the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at RWTH Aachen University as a PhD student, and since 2020, he has been a member of the Energy and Process System Engineering Group at ETH Zürich. His research focus is on the life cycle assessment of emerging carbon capture and utilization processes.


Lorenzo Cremonese

Das Institut für transformative Nachhaltigkeitsforschung Potsdam (IASS)

Lorenzo Cremonese is Senior Research Associate in the teams CO2 Utilization strategies and society, and Pathways to sustainable Energy at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS Potsdam). He owns a M.Sc. in Earth Sciences and a PhD in geochemistry from the UCL London awarded in 2012. He joined the IASS in January 2013 and he is mainly engaged with environmental and policy aspects of the energy transition.  He is currently engaged with Techno-Economic and Life-cycle assessments for CO2 utilization technologies (i.e., CCU) within the international CO2nsitent Project, with particular focus on supporting national and European policy actors. Given the interconnection between CCU, PtX technologies and hydrogen production.

Stephen McCord (MEng, PhD) is a Research Associate in the dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering at The University of Sheffield. As part of the Styring Research group he contributes to projects assessing the economic, social & environmental impacts of emerging technologies that utilize CO2 as a feedstock. Aside from this he is interested in science communication, data visualization and the potential for incorporating “big data” into technology assessments.

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