Scott Tinker

Texas University, Austin

Endowed Chair Professor and Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology

Scott Tinker works to bring industry, government, academia, and nongovernmental organizations together to address major societal challenges in energy, the environment, and the economy. Dr. Tinker is Director of the 250-person Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. With Director Harry Lynch, Tinker coproduced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film Switch, which has been screened in over 50 countries to more than 15 million viewers and is used on thousands of campuses worldwide. Dr. Tinker formed and is Chairman of the nonprofit Switch Energy Alliance in 2016 and has completed two new films: Switch On, a feature length documentary addressing global energy poverty, and Energy Makes our World, a five-minute, Hollywood-quality film featured in museums and on giant screens. Tinker is the voice of EarthDate, a two-minute weekly program that tells remarkable stories of Earth, which is featured on over 425 public radio stations in all 50 United States. Dr. Tinker has served as president of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the Association of American State Geologists (AASG), and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Dr. Tinker is an AGI Campbell Medalist, AAPG Halbouty Medalist, GCAGS Boyd Medalist, and a Geological Society of America Fellow. In his visits to some 60 countries, Scott has given nearly 1000 keynote and invited lectures.

Sessions With Scott Tinker

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 04:20pm - 05:00pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 10:20 pm - 08/mar/2022 11:00 pm

    How to Manage Carbon: New business models

    Panel Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power

    There has been growing support for removing carbon from the atmosphere as a mission critical component of the emissions reduction toolkit. Widescale application of these technologies could decrease GHG concentrations by disconnecting future energy use from GHG emissions, removing prior accumulations of GHGs, and combining with the use of bioenergy to deliver “negative emissions.” These options face challenges as their scale and potential have yet to be realized. Over the last year, the pace of investments in CCUS and Direct Air Capture has accelerated rapidly. What has changed in the last 12 to 18 months for the renewed optimism and interest in CCS and Direct Air Capture? Is there a real market for carbon removal? How big could it be? What emerging business models are commercially attractive? Are there lessons from rapid scaleups, such as the development of COVID-19 vaccines, that could be models for scaling up carbon removal? How scalable are carbon-use technologies such as conversion to cement? What policy mechanisms could accelerate deployment of CCUS?