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Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage in The Netherlands

10 December 2020

The Netherlands is moving ahead with carbon capture, leading the way in continental Europe. The Rotterdam Port area Porthos project is the best-known large-scale project in the country, however other projects are also being planned, such as Athos in Amsterdam and the Carbon Connect Delta project. Clusters with large CO2 point sources coupled with suitable storage capacities in the North Sea provide a promising ground for several CCUS projects in the country. There are also industrial clusters further from the coast, whereby innovative transport solutions, particularly through the use of shipping, are being considered.

To help industry advance their projects, the Dutch government is putting in place a specific financial incentive mechanism via the clean energy support system known as “SDE++”, providing economic incentives for CO2 capture from various installations. In this webinar, we will hear from experts from both government and industry on the direction the Netherlands is taking in carbon capture.


Jarad Daniels, Director, Office of Strategic Planning, Analysis, and Engagement, U.S. Department of Energy

Jarad Daniels leads the Office of Strategic Planning, Analysis, and Engagement within the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy, including domestic programs and international engagements conducted in close collaboration with industry, academia, and multi-lateral organizations. Mr. Daniels has twenty-five years of experience with the DOE, managing advanced technology programs and working in several national laboratories throughout the United States. His expertise includes domestic and global energy and environmental technologies, policies, and programs. Mr. Daniels holds a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Tom Mikunda, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Thomas Mikunda is currently active as Senior Policy Advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

With a background in environmental science, environmental policy and economics, Mr. Mikunda’s work focuses primarily on policy and regulatory issues concerned with carbon capture and storage technologies. He has over 10 years’ experience in many aspects of European and international climate policy, closely observing the development of global climate negotiations under the UNFCCC. Between 2010 and 2014, Mr. Mikunda led the regulatory component of the €60 million Dutch national CCS research programme, CATO2. He has an excellent knowledge of regulatory frameworks for CCS in Europe, North America, Australia, and international regulatory frameworks associated with the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism. He has advised and informed industrial and governmental stakeholders on issues such as transboundary CO2 transport, CO2 stream compositions and the long-term liability of storage sites.

Bram Sommer, Advisor of Public and Regulatory Affairs, Port of Rotterdam

Since 2019 Bram works as a Public and Regulatory Affairs advisor for the Rotterdam CCUS project Porthos. Bram is active in all public affairs, including government relations, both at EU and national level.

Ludo van Hijfte, Managing Director, Carbon Collectors

Ludo van Hijfte is Managing Director of Carbon Collectors BV, based in Groningen, The Netherlands. He graduated with a degree in Mining Engineering from McGill University in Montreal and started his career as an engineer in a Canadian mining company (Noranda, now part of Glencore). Later he became mining equities research analyst for UBS investment bank before joining Shell in 2001 where he gained 15 years of experience in various roles in Europe and the Far East in the areas of finance, corporate strategy, business planning, economics and new business development. In 2016 he founded Fizzy Transition Ventures BV, Carbon Collectors’ parent company, with the aim of developing realistic, innovative solutions that have a big, measurable impact on the global climate and environment.