Welcome to the inaugural BECCS Leadership Summit. Co-hosted by Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and Alberta Innovates, this targeted, invite-only event brings together over 100 leaders and decision-makers to discuss how to address barriers and accelerate the adoption of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) technology in Canada.

Canada has the potential to become a global leader in BECCS. Not only do we have robust forestry and agricultural sectors, we also hold the greatest volume of biomass per capita in the world, as well as on-shore and off-shore geology that is well-suited for carbon sequestration.

JOIN US October 16-18 in Banff, Alberta as we bring together over 100 leaders and decision makers, including bioenergy and forest product producers, carbon capture and sequestration experts and practitioners, prospective CDR credit purchasers, investors, governments, and First Nations representatives to discuss how to address technology barriers and accelerate adoption of BECCS in Alberta and Canada.
Wednesday October 16, 2024
6:00-8:00 p.m.Welcome Networking Reception
Thursday October 17, 2024
7:30-8:30 a.m.Breakfast
8:30-9:00 a.m.Land acknowledgement
Opening remarks
9:00-9:25 a.m.Why BECCS?
Learn about Alberta and Canada’s advantages when it comes to BECCS.
9:25-10:10 a.m.Panel: Ingredients for BECCS Success
Discuss key components to enable successful BECCS projects, from technology to financing.
10:10-10:30 a.m.Networking break
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Panel: BECCS Technology and Innovation
Showcase emerging BECCS projects in Alberta and Canada.
12:00-1:00 p.m.Forestry Lunch
1:00-2:30 p.m.Workshop Session x 3 streams – panels with facilitated discussion:

1. Canada’s Forest Carbon Opportunity — Discuss the opportunity (and problem) of unlocking carbon from Canada’s forests and compare with other jurisdictions.
2. Innovative Partnerships for BECCS Project Delivery – Walk through how projects can be structured to make successful BECCS projects happen.
3. Evaluating BECCS Projects for Carbon Removal – Learn about existing and emerging protocols for verification of BECCS-based carbon dioxide removals.
2:30-2:50 p.m.Networking break
2:50-3:10 p.m.Key outcomes of workshops – stream leads to summarize
3:10-4:00 p.m.Panel: BECCS Around the World
Showcase key commercial projects, where BECCS is already happening internationally.
4:00-4:30 p.m.The Role of BECCS
Dive into the broader context how BECCS contributes to emissions reduction goals.
Friday October 18, 2024
6:30-8:00 a.m.Morning hike (optional)
8:00-9:00 a.m.Breakfast
9:00-9:40 a.m.Canada’s Carbon Management Opportunity
Discuss the infrastructure, geology, and know-how that make Alberta and Canada among
the best places in the world to implement BECCS projects.
9:40-10:40 a.m.Panel: Financing BECCS Industry Growth
Hear from financial institutions to understand how to create bankable BECCS projects.
10:40-11:00 a.m.Networking break
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Workshop Session x 3 streams – panels with facilitated discussion:

1. Best Use Cases of Forest Carbon – Discuss different use cases of forest carbon, and what factors may lead to directing more feedstock towards BECCS projects.
2. Technical Barriers to BECCS Success – Opportunity to discuss gaps in technology and infrastructure, such as carbon sequestration, flue gas characterization.
3. CDR Sustainability Requirements – Discuss what factors make a truly sustainable CDR and BECCS project.
12:30-1:30 p.m.Lunch & key outcomes of workshops – stream leads to summarize
1:30-3:00 p.m.Closing remarks

Where better to convene on climate change solutions than surrounded by nature, nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Welcome to the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, our venue for the inaugural BECCS Leadership Summit.

Our main session will take place in the Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation, Room 203/205.

We have secured a block of rooms at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for Summit attendees at a competitive rate. Booking details can be found in your emailed event invite.  We are required by the venue to use this room block.

If you are arriving via Calgary International Airport, there are several companies who offer airport shuttle services multiple times daily, including Banff Airporter, Brewster Express, and Vivo Green.

Directions for those arriving by personal vehicle:

  • Via Buffalo Street: From downtown Banff, follow Buffalo Street and drive up the hill to the Banff Centre. Turn left and follow signs to free parking.
  • Via St. Julien Road: From downtown Banff, follow Moose or Wolf Street. Turn right on St. Julien Road and drive up to the Banff Centre.

Find it on Google Maps | Parking at the Banff Centre is free