Today's Carbon Capture and Storage: Practical. Scalable. Commercial.

Carbon GeoCapture and Contex Labs hosts a one-of-its-kind conversation on the state of today’s carbon capture and sequestration capabilities. The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is “vital for decarbonizing hard-to-abate industrial emissions...and in the near-term CCS is the only feasible solution.” This panel discussion reviews the ways in which carbon capture and storage is ready today to meet the world’s climate goals in a manner that’s safe, efficient, and scalable.

Panel topics include:

  • US Governmental Action on CCS
  • CCS Technology
  • Carbon Markets
  • Carbon Buyers
  • The Role of 45Q in Project Finance

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About The Speakers

Lee Ballin - Deloitte

Lee Ballin, Audit & Assurance Managing Director, ESG & Sustainability Services, Deloitte

Lee Ballin is an Audit & Assurance managing director for ESG and Sustainability Services at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Lee works with clients to help address their sustainability strategy and non-financial reporting disclosures. Lee is a strategic thinker, innovator and highly sought-after public speaker on sustainability, as well as ESG risks and opportunities for the business, financial, and regulatory communities. He has over a decade of experience working at the intersection of sustainability, business, and finance..

Bob Van Heuvelen -  The Vogel Group

Bob Van Heuvelen, Principal, The Vogel Group

Bob Van Heuvelen is a prominent lawyer and lobbyist in Washington, DC. He is a Principal at the Vogel Group, leading the firm's climate practice and its advocacy on federal carbon management policy. Bob has been consistently recognized as a "Top Lobbyist" by The Hill, including most recently in 2021. Before his private sector career, Bob spent over 30 years in public service. He was Chief of Staff to Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) for ten years, and served as a top federal prosecutor at both the EPA, where he was Director of Civil Enforcement, and the Department of Justice, where he led the Environmental Enforcement Section.

John M. Pope - Carbon Geocapture

John Pope, President & Chief Executive Officer, Carbon GeoCapture

John M. Pope, Ph.D., currently serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of Carbon GeoCapture, a company he founded in 2016. A serial entrepreneur with a strong desire to make a difference, in 1998, he founded Blue Sky Group as an umbrella for his various ventures, including: Blue Sky Batteries, a company focused on developing nanostructured battery materials; NDC Power, a company that developed a direct ethanol fuel cell; Centennial Woods, a company focused on reclaiming and repurposing Wyoming’s snowfence wood while preserving snowfence inventory; and WellDog, a technical services company that uses innovation to drive sustainability in the carbon, oil, gas, and mining industries to improve economic quality of life without reducing environmental quality of life.

Mark McDivitt - Context Labs

Mark McDivitt, Chief Operating Officer, Context Labs

Mark is a leading expert on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and financial markets. He comes to Context Labs from State Street Corporation, where he spent the last decade of his career, demonstrating global thought leadership in ESG, culminating in his tenure as global head of ESG at State Street, where he focused on data analytics and carbon trading. Prior to that, Mark served as the head of ESG Solutions for State Street Global Exchange and Managing Director of US Hedge Fund Sales. Mark also served on the advisory boards of Greentown Labs, CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative, Self Help Africa and was a SASB Alliance member and remains an active Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society program.

Before joining State Street in 2010, Mark was Founder and President of CarbonCCY Management executing environmental attributes on behalf of renewable energy infrastructure companies. Mark began his career with Fuji Bank in Tokyo, Japan trading interest rate swaps followed by fifteen years with Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank in Tokyo, Singapore and London as Head of Hedge Fund Sales. In addition, he held an eight-year term with AIG and CS in Hedge Fund FX & Derivative Sales.

Ellen Friedman - Baker Botts

Ellen Friedman, Partner, Baker Botts


John Pope

Mark McDivitt

Bob Van Heuvelen

Ellen Friedman


Lee Ballin

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