You're invited: Decarbonizing Heavy Industry


From cement to steel to mining, Canada has a lot of its economy wrapped up in heavy industry. What are the key opportunities and challenges on the path to decarbonizing heavy industry? What are some of the most promising technology and process solutions? What should governments do to help these sectors to decarbonize?  

Join David, Sara, Ed, and special guest Thomas Koch Blank, senior principal at RMI, Thursday, May 6 at 11 a.m. MT / 1 p.m. ET to dig into what's working, not working, and what to do next.


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About your co-hosts: 

Thomas Koch Blank is a senior principal at RMI where he leads RMI's Global Breakthrough Technology Program. An engineer by training, he built the very first ‘McKinsey Marginal Abatement Cost Curve’ in 2005, and has extensive experience from on-site work with industrial facilities to improve productivity of energy, carbon and other resources. 

David Keith is a professor at Harvard in Engineering and the Kennedy School. He is the founder of Carbon Engineering and was formerly a professor at the University of Calgary. He splits his time between Canmore and Cambridge. 

Sara Hastings-Simon is a senior research associate at the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines and a research fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. Prior to that she was the manager of the cleantech practice at McKinsey & Company, and director of Clean Economy at the Pembina Institute.  

Ed Whittingham is a clean energy policy/finance consultant, fellow at the Public Policy Forum and a mentor with the Creative Destruction Lab. He is the former executive director of the Pembina Institute.  

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