The Seventh International Air Quality Conference, the nation’s premier conference on carbon management, mercury, trace substances, sulfur oxides, nitrous oxides, and particulate matter, was held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The conference brought together private industry, the research community, policy makers, and regulators to address these issues to ensure improved quality of life for both global societies and future generations.
This year, the conference attracted more than 400 registrants representing more than 220 organizations from 11 countries, 38 states, the District of Columbia, and six Canadian provinces, including an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, presenters, session chairs, and coordinators.
“This biennial event continues to deliver timely discussion on a variety of critical air emission issues, including the many questions related to proposed U.S. multipollutant legislation, the status of international activities, and technological advances achieved as a result of increased support for technology development,” said Tom Erickson, Conference Technical Coordinator and Associate Director for Research at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC).
Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, kicked off the conference with a keynote presentation covering the EPA’s viewpoint on environmental challenges we face as a nation in conjunction with the need for clean energy development and deployment. McCarthy was followed by Carl Bauer, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), who discussed energy production and CO2 emissions, and Chief Economist for the American Petroleum Institute (API) John Felmy. U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) also gave a keynote presentation during the conference.
A panel discussion, led by Erickson, addressed moving carbon capture and sequestration into the commercial marketplace. Panelists included John Stowell, Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety Policy, Duke Energy Corporation; Tom Olle, Vice President for Strategic Solutions, Encore Acquisition Company; Jackie Prince Roberts, Director, Sustainable Technologies, Environmental Defense Fund; Michael Moore, Vice President, Business Development and External Affairs, Blue Source, LLC; and John Harju, Associate Director for Research and Director of the Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership, EERC.
“This conference continues to evolve as critical issues emerge and grow throughout the United States and world related to global climate change,” Harju said. “As an example, we expanded the conference to include sessions focused on carbon management and have invited the world’s experts to share their points of view on this topic. Carbon capture and sequestration are at the forefront of challenges facing the energy and environmental sectors and continue to be a top priority for DOE and industry alike.”
The conference sponsors included the EERC, DOE NETL, the Electric Power Research Institute, and the EERC Center for Air Toxic Metals®. The exclusive media sponsor was Pollution Engineering Magazine. The next Air Quality Conference is scheduled for October 24–27, 2011, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington.
396 people from 38 states, the District of Columbia, and 10 foreign countries registered for this year's conference. Attendees represented 220 organizations and a wide range of affiliations, including engineers (18%), consultants (8%), government and regulatory (12%), industry (29%), equipment vendors (11%), and research/academia (13%).
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