Carbon Capture and Sequestration: How long until policy and technology align?

Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is hailed as a solution to ever-increasing greenhouse gas emissions; however, the benefits of CCS cannot be realized until several technology and policy hurdles are overcome. This panel will compare the current status of CCS technology with that of CCS policy. The discussion will focus on points of conflict between technology and policy, and the necessary steps to align the two.

Moderator: Jane Long, Associate Director at Large for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Dr. Long is currently the Principal Associate Director at Large and Fellow in the LLNL Center for Global Strategic Research for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Senior contributing scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley, and Consultant for geoengineering at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Her work is in strategy for climate change including reinvention of the energy system, adaptation and geoengineering.


Kurt Zenz House, CEO, C12 Energy

Kurt Zenz House has studied and written extensively on the physics, chemistry, and economics of capturing carbon dioxide from industrial sources and managing that CO2 profitably in the subsurface; he co-founded C12 Energy to accelerate the commercial development of linked carbon storage and enhanced oil recovery projects. Previously, Kurt worked for Bain & Company where he helped companies develop their corporate strategy and advised private equity firms on their investment decisions. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the Claremont Colleges and a Ph.D. in Geoscience from Harvard University.

Sally Benson
, Executive Director Global Climate and Energy Project, Stanford

Sally Benson is Director, Global Climate and Energy Project, and Professor (Research), Energy Resources Engineering Department, Stanford University. Benson works on carbon dioxide capture and sequestration in deep underground geological formations. Benson was a coordinating lead author on the 2005 IPCC Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage.

Sasha Mackler
, Vice President, Summit Carbon Capture

Mr. Mackler manages commercial and policy matters for the Summit Carbon Capture business, focusing on the development of carbon-capture power projects and emerging technologies. He also pursues business opportunities for climate-friendly commercial uses of captured carbon, such as enhanced oil production. Over nearly two decades of professional work spanning the private, public, and non-profit sectors, Sasha has held leadership positions in a variety of multi-disciplinary settings.



Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) is an emerging technology designed to limit CO2 emissions from both existing and new fossil infrastructure. Still, key questions remain about technology viability and the influence of policy on deployment of this technology.

Want to learn more about the basics of CO2 storage, and its role in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)? See this primer written by Kurt House of C12 Energy, one of our panelists.

One key report studying the role of CCS in California’s Energy Future was written in part by our moderator, Jane S. Long, of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The report, entitled “California’s Energy Future–The View to 2050” lays out in detail the contribution CCS to the state’s goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050. For more information about this report, see:

Want to learn more about other innovative companies working to commercialize CCS? Our panelist Sasha Mackler will be representing Summit Energy, who is developing a CCS project in Texas with a first-of-a-kind clean coal power plant. For more information: