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Public Policy and Legal Framework for Carbon Management

Overview:

Advancing carbon management in the U.S. and globally, requires careful development of legal frameworks and public policy models that can find broad acceptance. The CCME brings influential groups from the Center for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources in the UH School of Law, the Hobby School for Public Policy, and the Gutierrez Energy Management Institute in the Bauer College of Business along with academic programs across the university to comprehensively address the frameworks. The production and development of white papers, advocacy platforms and risk management will be in support of new business models for use, re-use, disposal, long term liability and policy in all areas of carbon management related to CO2, CH4, water, land use, public access and environmental impacts of all forms of carbon management approaches.

Need and Impact:

The market is evolving and demanding new and innovative approaches to carbon management that challenge existing legal framework and policy. The potential to transform progressive carbon management through the EENR programs and the development of continuing educational legal programs can impact not only the workforce of the future, but the continuing needs of the existing workforce. The market will require a center of excellence dedicated to carbon management progressive legal approaches and can serve the stakeholder community as a knowledge center.

Key outcomes:

Global recognition as a knowledge sharing center and educational provider to the stakeholder community.


Executive Education and Workforce of the Future Development

Overview:

The CCME will develop a series of educational learning opportunities to provide 1-2 day, 1 or multiple week experiences, and ultimately a series of course for ongoing learning to keep pace with the changing requirement of the workforce in sustainable development of energy. It will be designed for all levels of incoming learner knowledge and will seek to provide a comprehensive understanding of the 3 key market areas of energy (oil and gas, petrochemicals and electric power) and the role of sustainable development in each area. This education will be designed to understand the techno-economics of fuels and feedstock, role of sustainable development in process and generation technologies and the overall competitive alternatives as the energy transition presents additional regulatory challenges to existing business practices and operations.

Need and Impact:

The CCME will create a learning center for existing workforce to keep pace with change and to grow in the breadth of understanding of the comprehensive energy landscape as energy sustainability is defined and redefined over time. Currently, the challenges of sustainable development are not integrated into the systems level thinking of energy systems and is a significant challenge for energy workforce at all levels. The workforce of the future will also be a learning group target.

Key outcomes:

To be a globally recognized center for energy and “real sustainability” in the energy industry so that all critical aspects of supply, cost and environmental responsibility are properly recognized and solutions that are truly accretive and sustainable are developed.