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2nd Semi-Annual Carbon Symposium

Houston Strategy Forum

2nd Semi-Annual
Carbon Symposium

Theme:“Mammoth Scale Decarbonization?”

Thursday, December 8, 2022 ● 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM ● Petroleum Club, Downtown Houston

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Detailed Description

Symposium Context

The world is facing both a climate crisis and an energy crisis. There is an acute energy shortage in certain regions, while the overall demand for energy rises year over year. The vagaries of weather are becoming more severe from devastating floods to heat waves and winter storms.

We need to “Think Big,” “Think Fast,” and “Execute Fast.” This is not just about a 2050 goal, it is about the rapid journey to 2050.

To avert a climate crisis, the whole ecosystem from energy producers, energy transporters to energy consumers must decarbonize. We must all come together and work together. The current slate of planned projects barely scratch the surface in reducing the 36 billion tonnes of CO2 the world emits each year.

We need innovation and execution at a level equivalent to that was required to land a man on the Moon.

Symposium Theme

The December symposium follows the Houston Strategy Forum’s successful May Carbon Symposium. Two items bubbled up during the discussions in May — Partnerships and Accelerating the Carbon Movement.

We have chosen “Mammoth Scale Decarbonization” as the theme for the December Symposium.

How do we dramatically accelerate the pace and scale of CO2 and Hydrogen projects? How do we transform the industrial, manufacturing, power, transportation, and other ecosystems which are the biggest consumers of energy? What are the challenges and roadblocks, and the opportunities and lowest hanging fruit? What are the risks of over-acceleration?

How does the Inflation Reduction Act help accelerate decarbonization? Is it sufficient or will it require much more?

We are looking forward to a powerful discussion with:

Keynote Discussion

• Mr. Tim Duncan, President, CEO and Co-Founder, Talos Energy

Panel Discussions

• Mr. Nigel Jenvey, Energy Transition Executive, CCUS, Hydrogen, Energy Storage, Baker Hughes

• Ms. Miranda Jones, Vice President HSE&C Mobility & Convenience, Gas & Low Carbon Energy, Regions Cities & Solutions, BP

• Mr. Matias Saettone, General Manager Hydrogen Business Development, Chevron

• Mr. Venki Chandrashekar, Vice President, Research and Technology, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

• Mr. Brad Handler, Researcher, Program Lead, Sustainable Finance Lab, Payne Institute for Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines

• Mr. Vince Paradis, Vice President, Business Development and M&A, Enbridge

• Mr. Cecilio Velasco, Director, KKR

• Mr. Kenneth Wagner, Executive Director, Hamm Institute for American Energy, Oklahoma State University

• Mr. Nick Livingstone, Managing Director, Rystad Energy

• Mr. Damien Gerard, VP Carbon Capture and Storage, SLB

• Mr. Jonathan Wiens, Chief Executive Officer, Warwick Carbon Solutions

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What Makes Us Different?

Houston Strategy Forum events are innovative. No speeches. No PowerPoint presentations. They are open and down-to-earth discussions with our speakers. Our format is a relaxed, fireside-style chat. Always unscripted!

Over the years, we have had top CEOs and executives share their deepest thoughts and feelings that you would never hear in a regular conference. We respect and value that interaction greatly — it is what makes us the preeminent discussion forum.

Our business talk show format facilitates an energetic, meaningful, and respectful exchange of ideas between our speakers and attendees. Our goal is to get a majority of the attendees to contribute to the discussion. When that happens — it creates magic!

We receive rave reviews about our format both from our speakers and attendees.

To encourage an open and candid discussion we follow Chatham House rules.   

Fee Schedule

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Category          Fees
Visitor   $499
Priority-Table Seat   $699
Head-Table Seat + Private Reception (Sponsorship addon)   $2999
Table of 10 - Priority Placement   $6999
General Member   $399
Strategic Members $0

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For VISITORS: Sorry, we do not offer refunds to visitors or prospective members. You are welcome to send a substitute. A substitution charge of $50 applies. To register the substitute, use the registration category, "Substituting for a Visitor." On the next page of registration, indicate the name of the person whom you are substituting.

FOR GENERAL MEMBERS: If you let us know at least one week prior, we will credit your HSF account for the fees, so you can apply the fees toward a future event.

FOR STRATEGIC MEMBERS: Strategic Members attend all events for no charge (if registered in time). Since Strategic Membership is tied to specific individuals, substitutions are not allowed if you cannot make it to the event.

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Directions and Parking

35th Floor
Total Plaza
1201 Louisiana
Houston, TX 77002

Driving Directions
The new location of the Petroleum Club is 1201 Louisiana Street, Total Plaza. It is east from the Hyatt Regency and south of the CenterPoint building, at the intersection with Dallas street.

The club is located on the 35th floor.

In the interest of your safety, it is always a good idea to pay attention to the surroundings, your possessions and self, when parking your car and approaching any Downtown venue. We recommend valet parking.

Parking: Street metered and private parking lots are available options.

Valet is available on the south side of building and the valet entrance is from Milam street. The cost for valet is $15 with a discount coupon available through us at the event.