Berlin, Germany – Mark Williams is the Director of Shell’s Global downstream business. Williams hosted a briefing at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum.
I asked Williams which alternative energy Shell was having the hardest time mastering. His answer didn’t surprise me, carbon capture and storage (CCS).
CCS is a process that captures CO2 at it’s source, such as power plants, refineries, petro-chemical industries and oil and natural gas processors. The conventional agreement is to store it underground or under the sea. All industries are trying to figure out what to do with the by-product, carbon dioxide, that they are producing. This would result in a significant reduction in emissions.
Most industries and countries agree that they need to reduce carbon dioxide. Just this month Brazil’s Bio-Energia magazine dedicated most of their magazine articles to carbon emissions. But the solution is still aways away.
Williams also talked about the unconventional gas in North America and the OECD reserves. Unconventional gas is gas that is trapped in shale, coal seams and impermeable sandstone. You might know them as tight gas, coal bed methane, shale gas and gas hydrate.
Williams also talked about the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The members are:
Here Williams is talking about Shell, oil and alternative energies: