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Appointments to New Advisory Committee on Carbon
Abatement Technologies

DTI logoThe Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy Lord Truscott has announced the launch of a new Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies.

Lord Truscott said:

"The Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies provides an invaluable forum for discussion between industry, academia and Government on the development of these technologies which enable fossil fuels, such as coal, to be used without the environmental disadvantages. With the breadth and depth of experience and the knowledge they have through their many years of working in this area, the advice and insight they can bring to the Government in shaping policy and strategy for the deployment of Carbon Abatement Technologies will be invaluable.

"The new Committee will see a strengthening of expertise in the areas of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) which is particularly significant given the importance the Energy White Paper 2007 attaches to this key technology in contributing to our meeting our climate change targets. Along with nuclear power, renewables technologies and energy efficiency, clean fossil technologies and CCS has a distinct role to play in a portfolio of climate friendly technologies.

I look forward to working with the Advisory Committee in the future."

Permission was received from the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments to transfer six members from the previous Advisory Committee to the new ACCAT. In addition, five new members have been appointed to ACCAT.

The transferred members are:

Mr Nick Otter OBE (Director of Technology and External Affairs - Alstom Power Ltd)
Nick Otter has been the Chairman of the existing ACCAT for the last three years and before that the Advisory Committee on Cleaner Coal Technology (ACCCT). He has a considerable standing in Europe and further afield as a respected expert of near to Zero Emission Power Plant technologies. He is also chair of the Advanced Power Generation Technology Forum and was responsible for a number of path finding Foresight publications on clean fossil fuel technologies. He is also Chairman of the Co-ordination Group for the EU's Technology Platform on Zero Emissions Fossil Fuel Power Plant. Nick represents interests in a wide range of power plant systems, supply and technologies including gas turbine, steam turbine, boilers and environmental controls.

Dr Mike Farley (Director of Technology Policy Liaison - Doosan Babcock Energy Ltd)
Dr. Mike Farley, former R&D Director at Doosan Babcock, is expert on steam boilers using pulverised coal, with interests in work on improving boiler efficiency to supercritical levels as well on carbon capture. He recently chaired the TUC's Clean Coal Task Force that reported to the Minister for Energy and he is a member of the Energy Research Partnership and the Coal Forum.

Professor Allan Jones (Head of Research and Development - E.ON UK plc)
Professor Allan Jones has been a member of the ACCAT for the last three years and before that on the ACCCT. He is a respected expert on power generation technologies from the perspective of the electricity generators, particularly using pulverised coal.

Dr Nick Riley MBE (Programme Manager: Sustainable & Renewable Energy Director - British Geological Survey)
Dr. Nick Riley is a world expert on geological issues around the storage of carbon dioxide and its use in enhanced oil recovery. He has been a member of the ACCAT since its inception in 2003. His experiences cover the monitoring and verification of CO2 storage in the Sleipner field in the North Sea as well as the EOR project at Weyburn in Canada. He is a member of the EU's Co-ordination Group for the Zero Emissions Fossil Fuel Power Plant.

Mr Brian Ricketts (Energy Analyst - Coal, Office of Long-term Co-operation and Policy Analysis, International Energy Agency)
Brian Ricketts is an international expert on coal issues and on the use of coal for power generation in particular. He has been a member of the ACCAT for the last three years and before that on the ACCCT. He has been responsible for coal-related matters at the IEA for the last two years and therefore can bring an international perspective on the development of cleaner coal power generation systems.

Dr Paul Freund (Energy Consultant)
Paul has been a vice chair of the ACCAT for the last three years and is an expert on carbon capture storage technologies, with many years experience. Before becoming an energy consultant he was manager of the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme.

The new members are:

Dr Tony Espie, (Advisor on CO2 Storage, BP Alternative Energy)
Tony has over 25 years experience in the energy sector and is an expert on the geological storage of CO2. In the past six years he was R&D Programme Manager for CO2 Storage for BP Exploration and has had extensive involvement with CCS projects around the world, both as technology projects and as commercial scale implementations. Tony holds no other ministerial appointments and he is not involved in any political activity. [see below.]

Dr Jon Gibbins, (Senior Lecturer, Imperial College)
Jon is a mechanical and chemical engineer and has more than 20 years experience in these academic sectors, focusing on the past five years on coal and biomass combustion phenomena in industrial-scale power plant and on low-CO2 power generation. Jon is a Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers; British Institute of Energy Economics; UK Coal Research Forum; and is the Principal Investigator for the TSEC UK Carbon Capture and Storage Consortium. Jon holds no other ministerial appointments and he is not involved in any political activity.

Professor Stuart Haszeldine, (Professor of Sedimentary Geology, University of Edinburgh)
Stuart is a Chartered Geologist with over 30 years research experience and an expert in subsurface issues of geology, hydrogeology, and geo-engineering, both onshore and offshore. Stuart is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Fellow Royal Society of Edinburgh. Stuart was a technical advisor for the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's special report on CCS. Stuart holds no other ministerial appointments and is not involved in any political activity.

Dr Nina Skorupska, (Director of Technology Service, RWE npower plc)
Nina has over 20 years experience in the energy sector covering research to power asset management. In the current role of Director of Technology Services, Nina is responsible for delivering proven value-added strategic, operational and R&D services to address the technical, commercial and environmental issues. Nina is a Member of the UKTI's Power Sector Advisory Group. She holds no other ministerial appointments and is not involved in any political activity.

Mr Peter Whitton, (Managing Director, Progressive Energy Ltd)
Peter is a physicist with over 30 years experience in the energy sector. Since 1998 Peter has been the Managing Director of Progressive Energy Ltd, an independent clean energy company, involved in developing early projects that bring emerging CAT technologies to market. Peter is also a Director of Pennant Walters Ltd and is currently the Vice Chair of the Carbon and Capture Association. He holds no other ministerial appointments and is not involved in any political activity. The appointments are unpaid.

Each appointment is for three years commencing on 1 June 2007 and ending on 31 May 2010.

These appointments have been made in accordance with the requirements of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. As such, all appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointee's political activity (if any declared) to be made public. None of the appointees declared any political activity.

More about ACCAT
The Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies provides expert, independent advice to Government on matters concerning technologies for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power generation and other large industrial processes using fossil fuel. It is an independent, non-departmental public body sponsored by the DTI. It brings together representatives from industry, academia and government as well as independent experts and the government agents managing programmes. It aims to provide advice on the implementation of a Carbon Abatement Technology Strategy for fossil fuel power generation and related industrial applications. Further information about the work of ACCAT can be found in the CAT Strategy

Posted 26/06/07

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