Julio Friedmann

Carbon Direct

Chief Scientist & Chief Carbon Wrangler

Dr. Julio Friedmann is Chief Scientist and Chief Carbon Wrangler at Carbon Direct. He recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy where he was responsible for DOE’s R&D program in advanced fossil energy systems, carbon capture, and storage (CCS), CO2 utilization, and clean coal deployment. More recently, he was a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA, where he led the Carbon Management Research Initiative. He has held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, including Chief Energy Technologist, where he worked for 15 years. Dr. Friedmann is one of the most widely known and authoritative experts in the U.S. on carbon removal (CO2 drawdown from the air and oceans), CO2 conversion and use (carbon-to-value), hydrogen, industrial decarbonization, and carbon capture and sequestration. In addition to close partnerships with many private companies, NGOs, Julio has worked with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and government agencies foreign and domestic. His expertise also includes oil and gas production, international clean energy engagements, and earth science. Dr. Friedmann received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), followed by a Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Southern California. He worked for five years as a senior research scientist at ExxonMobil, then as a research scientist at the University of Maryland. 

Sessions With Julio Friedmann

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 09:30am - 10:10am (CST) / 09/mar/2022 03:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 04:10 pm

    Decarbonizing Industry: Critical technologies for energy transition

    Panel Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Industrial decarbonization requires rewiring the way we produce and consume goods. From capital costs to modifying operations, these changes will test current market and regulatory frameworks. What are the tools available to meet the challenge of decarbonizing industry? How will electrification, process intensification, low-carbon feedstocks, and carbon capture each contribute to industrial decarbonization?

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 05:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 06:00 pm

    Decarbonization in China: Beyond Renewables


    Much attention on China’s decarbonization efforts has been on the rapidly expanding renewable power fleet as well as the role of coal-fired power, yet half China’s coal consumption is not in the power sector. Industrial and commercial sectors continue to consume large volumes of coal, oil products, and natural gas. What technology and policies options are available to address emissions from non-power sources in China? What’s unique in the Chinese contexts with regard to technology development and adoption? In what ways can international collaboration in technologies such as carbon capture and hydrogen help reduce emissions in China and beyond? 

  • 04:30pm - 05:00pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 10:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 11:00 pm

    Driving Low-carbon Innovation: Hot research topics

    Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power

    A diverse set of innovations, technologies, and market and policy factors are required to tackle the climate change crisis. This is prime time for new research into low-carbon ideas to shine and make an impact, alongside investments in innovative startups. What criteria are academic and government research institutions using to prioritize research programs to have the greatest impact on carbon management? What do experts believe are the “hot” research topics that could yield the greatest breakthroughs for carbon management in the midterm?