Jennifer Wilcox

United States Department of Energy

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy & Carbon Management

Jennifer Wilcox, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management at DOE, was the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. As a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute, she led WRI’s Carbon Removal Program. Having grown up in rural Maine, Wilcox has a profound respect and appreciation of nature. That appreciation permeates her work; she focuses on minimizing the negative impacts of humankind on our natural environment. Wilcox holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and an M.A. in Chemistry from the University of Arizona and B.A. in Mathematics from Wellesley College. Wilcox's research takes aim at the nexus of energy and the environment, developing both mitigation and adaptation strategies to minimize negative climate impacts associated with society's dependence on fossil fuels. She has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society to assess carbon capture methods and impacts on climate. She is the author of the first textbook on carbon capture, Carbon Capture, published in March 2012. She co-edited the CDR Primer on carbon dioxide removal in 2021.

Sessions With Jennifer Wilcox

Monday, 7 March

  • 03:00pm - 03:30pm (CST) / 07/mar/2022 09:00 pm - 07/mar/2022 09:30 pm

    Direct Air Capture: What will it take to scale up enough?

    Panel Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power Innovation & Technology Carbon Management/Decarbonization Start-ups

    Direct air capture (DAC) is one of few technology options to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it long term, and it has been identified as a critical technology to achieve global climate goals. However, this technology is still in early stages of development, and it will need to be scaled up to unprecedented levels to reach gigatons of CO2 removal capacity in the upcoming decade. What is the current landscape and 10 year pipeline for DAC projects? What role can governments play to accelerate DAC scale up? What further enablers does the industry need to scale up faster?

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 12:30pm - 01:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 06:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 07:10 pm

    Decarbonization Challenges & Technology Pathways

    Panel Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Decarbonizing the energy matrix and other high-carbon footprint industries is the critical path to minimizing global emissions and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. However, reaching net-zero emission will demand a herculean effort, given the technology challenges and the scale of investment demanded. What complementary technologies offer the potential to achieve the scale and economic competitiveness required to make decarbonization a reality at a reasonable cost for society? What are the roles of energy companies, technology firms, infrastructure developers, and governments in this process? What policies are needed to spur investments and accelerate technology development?