Sessions also related to the Climate theme

Deep dive on Water & Climate

Grey to green infrastructure

Chairperson: Ger Bergkamp

Grey to green infrastructure: can nature teach us climate resilience?

In this session, the focus will be on what is needed and what is and will be available to make water and climate resilient management contribute to realizing the SDGs. In interaction with the audience, keynote speaker and panelist will review and discuss how identified market ready technological solutions can contribute to water security and climate resiliency.

The output of this deep-dive session will be a factsheet describing the various drivers, challenges and opportunities for up-scaling market ready technologies that contribute to specific climate resilient water management. The discussions at G-STIC 2019 will set-up further work, in 2020, towards a ‘living overview’ of selected market ready technologies specific to climate resilient water management that can deliver on the water-related SDGs by 2030. The ‘living overview’ will form a contribution to the development of Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for the SDGs.

Innovations for achieving the SDGs with climate resilient water infrastructure

Mehdi Ahmadi will elaborate on how water and climate resilient management will shape the transition in water management and contribute to delivering the SDGs. The focus will be on what is needed and what is and will be available to make water and climate resilient management contribute to realizing the SDGs. This will entail innovations, technologies, new approaches and cover both grey and green infrastructure solutions.

Mehdi Ahmadi
Interactive panel discussion

Moderators: Durk Krol, Executive Director, WSSTP (Belgium) and Ger Bergkamp (ARCOWA)


- Dr Hartwig Kremer, Senior Programme Officer, Head of the Global Environment Monitoring Unit, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

- Mrs Corinne Trommsdorf, Water Wise Cities, IWA – International Water Association

- Dr James Dalton, Director Water Programme, IUCN – The Union for the Conservation of Nature

- Richard Taylor, Chief Executive, International Hydropower Association

- Dr Tushaar Shah, Senior Fellow, International Water Management Institute

Durk Krol Ger Bergkamp
Concluding remarks

Dr Hong Li, Director, Science, Practice and Policy, IWA – International Water Association

Deep dive

CO2 as a resource

During the 2017 G-STIC, a Topical Session was organized with the title ‘CO2 as a resource’. This session had presentations on the use of CO2 as a carbon feedstock. This is known as Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) and includes processes in which CO2 from point sources or from the atmosphere is being used as feedstock. The 2017 topical session focused on the transformation of gaseous carbon resources into chemicals, fuels and materials and showcased promising examples of CCU technologies that have already reached (pre)commercial scale and discussed the drivers and barriers for further implementation.

Building upon this and the increasing awareness on the climate mitigation potential of CCU, during G-STIC 2019, on 22nd November G-STIC a special session ‘CO2 as a resource’ will be organized. In this special session attention will be given to integrated value chains for reuse of CO2, their market potential, their macro-economic impact and the related societal issues and the policy dimensions will be presented. Next to the potential for climate mitigation, CCU will be related to the implementation of the SDGs, what is at the core of the G-STIC objectives. By way of introduction, a visionary and forward-looking set of ideas – that were published in Nature-Communication in 2019 - on the future development of CCU in a systemic context, will be presented by one of its authors. By way of conclusion, VITO will present its vision in which it is carrying out research, development and demonstration into the possibilities that CO2 could offer us when considered as a resource, not as a waste.

Introductory presentation: Market potential for CCU

In this presentation, we discuss the reasons for CCU interest, the CO2 supply and demand, we provide a brief overview of CO2 capture technologies and provide some details on sustainability aspects and the EU ETS system.

Metin Bulut
A visionary proposal: Crowd oil not crude oil

The vision of crowd oil. Renewable oil wells, a distributed social technology, whereby people in homes, offices and commercial buildings all around the world, collectively harvest renewable electricity and heat and use air conditioning and ventilation systems to capture CO2 and H2O from ambient air and convert it, by chemical processes, into renewable synthetic oil—crowd oil—substituting for non-renewable fossil-based oil—a step towards a circular CO2 economy for the benefit of all.

Roland Dittmeyer
The Social Acceptance of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation: A Review

While technical research and development into the feasibility of CO2 utilisation options are accelerating rapidly, at present, there has been limited research into the social acceptance of the technology and CO2-derived products. This presentation outlines and explores three key dimensions of social acceptance (i.e., socio-political, market, and community acceptance) pertaining to innovation within CO2 utilisation.

Katy Armstrong
The UN Sustainable Development Goals as Policy Framework for CCU Technologies

Can CCU technologies contribute to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals until 2030?

Can the SDGs provide a policy framework for the further development of CCU technologies?

Barbara Olfe-Kräutlein
Capture and reutilization: the VITO vision

By capturing CO2 before it leaves the factory chimney, we prevent the carbon dioxide from being released into the air. Another way is to extract CO2 directly from the air. The technology for both systems already exists, but the big question is how we can make that technology cheaper and more effective. In 2018, VITO launched a pilot project to extract CO2 directly from the air via the fans it uses at the Balmatt site in Mol, Belgium. Until now the price of captured CO2 does not really allow economic use. VITO’s research project should offer insights into a viable economic price for captured CO2.

Dirk Fransaer

Semi-plenary session

Safe climate for all

Identifying integrated technological solutions for a safe climate

The semi-plenary session on November 22 will identify and select clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions to tackle the ‘Safe climate for all’ societal challenge. During this semi-plenary session, keynote speakers will give an overview of disruptive technologies that can substantively contribute to combatting climate change and its profound negative impact on the global economy. Together with this, the critical levers of change that need to take place to deploy these technologies will be presented and discussed. Each presentation will start from the specific institutional perspective of the speaker: United Nations (CTCN and TEC), European Union (Climate KIC), research organization (VITO Belgium and IITT) and a non-governmental organization (Project Drawdown). Panel and audience members will give their views and opinions during the subsequent panel discussion.


- Kirsten Dunlop, CEO Climate-KIC

- Chad Frischmann, Vice President & Research Director, Project Drawdown

Interactive panel discussion

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