Association Webinars: Hydrogen: the Swiss Army Knife of the Circular Carbon Economy


The concept of a circular carbon economy offers a new way of approaching climate goals that implicitly values all options and encourages all efforts to mitigate carbon accumulation in the atmosphere.

This idea can be described by four Rs: reduce the amount of carbon to be managed, reuse carbon for useful products,recycle carbon through the biosphere and remove it through long-term storage.

Hydrogen is an option that can cut across all four Rs.

Green hydrogen produced by non-biomass renewables does not emit carbon, thereby Reducing the carbon needed to be managed. When blue hydrogen is produced from hydrocarbons, the carbon is captured and Removed through geologic storage or Reused through carbon utilization. Green hydrogen produced with bioenergy Recycles carbon through the natural carbon cycle, but if the carbon is also captured, it can also be Reused and Removed to storage.

In this seminar Eric Williams will discuss how hydrogen fits within the circular carbon economy, Jose M Bermudez will drill down into the opportunities and challenges facing a wide-scale deployment of hydrogen, and Fareed Alasaly will discuss the role that hydrogen may play in the energy system.

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Adam Sieminski is President of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center. KAPSARC is an independent, non-profit, research think tank located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Its mission is to advance the understanding of energy, economics, and the environment, while acting as a catalyst for dialogue on issues of importance to policy makers and the public.


Eric Williams, is a Research Fellow at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC). He has over 20 years of experience as an energy and environmental economist focusing on energy and climate change policy, energy systems analysis, and climate change mitigation and adaptation options. Before joining KAPSARC in 2018, Eric worked as an economist with the North Carolina Utilities Commission and was a consultant at the OECD. Eric has previously worked in the United Nations, academic research institutes, think tanks, and government.

Eric is currently managing the writing and publication of a series of reports on Circular Carbon Economy to be delivered to the G20 this year. The reports are written by International Organizations, including the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), and the Global CCS Institute (GCCSI). Eric was previously acting Program Director for the Climate Change and Environment program at KAPSARC.

Eric holds an MALD with concentrations in Development Economics and International Environmental Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He also holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Kentucky.

Jose M Bermudez, works as an Energy Technology Analysts in Hydrogen and Alternative Fuels in the International Energy Agency.

Jose holds an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering (2008), an MSc degree in Process and Environmental Engineering (2010) and a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering (2013) from University of Oviedo, Spain.

He developed most of his professional career in research working for the Spanish National Research Council and the Imperial College London. His research was focused on hydrogen and bioenergy. He left Academia to join the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy of the UK Government as a technical energy advisor, where he was responsible of providing scientific advice and technical support for the development and implementation of energy policies dealing with bioenergy, hydrogen and shale gas. He holds an Honorary Research Fellow position at Imperial College London between 2018 and 2020.

Fareed Alasaly, is a Senior Advisor to His Royal Highness the Saudi Minister of Energy.

Fareed is Saudi Arabia lead on Energy issues on the G20 front since 2010. Currently, he is the Chairman of G20 Energy Sustainably Working Group under the Saudi G20 Presidency 2020.

Fareed served as an International Policies Senior advisor at the Ministry of Energy and Saudi Aramco. Fareed has more than 40 years of experience in various aspects including: finance, investment portfolio management, industrial local development, planning operations and logistics of the oil industry, as well as materials supply management.

Fareed is been engaged with number of major International Organizations, among them:

  1. The World Trade Organization (WTO) since 2003 during the Kingdoms accession to WTO in 2005 and continues to be engaged in trade matters since then including GCC Free Trade Agreements Negotiations;
  2. Climate change since 1997 including the institution of Carbon Capture and Storage Technology (CCS) in 2005; and
  3. Carbon Sequestration and Storage Forum (CSLF).

Fareed serves as:

  1. Chairman of G20 Energy Sustainably Working Group - Saudi G20 Presidency 2020.
  2. Board Member of the Saudi General Authority for Foreign Trade;
  3. GCC Energy and Trade Committee Chairman;
  4. Member of the Saudi Designated National Authority for clean development mechanism; and
  5. Former Executive Board Member of Clean Development Mechanism for Kyoto Protocol.

Fareed is a graduate from Saudi Arabian King AbdulAziz University with a Bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration. Fareed is a Master Degree graduate from Saudi Arabian King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals.


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