Dr. François Giger is in charge of strategy for the fossil fired generation fleet of EDF in France.
After managerial commitments in the engineering and construction of new power units in Europe and Asia, he has been involved in the unbundling of the French grid operator from the generation fleet.
He acts as vice-president of the board of the association of power producers VGB Powertech.
He has been appointed as the EDF group coordinator for lower carbon flexible generation. He is an active member of the ZEP European Technology Platform on CCS since its inception, both as co-lead of the Task Force Policy Regulation and as member of the Advisory Board
He chairs a working group on energy related matters at Mines ParisTech where he graduated as an engineer (1975), as “Ingénieur du Corps des Mines” (1978) and as a doctor (1989).
The COP21 provides an opportunity to review the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS). The International Energy Agency expects this technology to contribute to the global effort to reduce CO2 emissions by 15-20%, in line with the Copenhagen target to keep global warming below 2° C by 2100. In its 2014 World Energy Outlook report, the Agency presents a 2° C scenario where, in 2040, global emissions would be reduced from 46 GT, including 21 Gt from the electricity sector (business as usual), to 20 Gt, including 4 Gt from the electricity sector. Combining the use of coal with global climate objectives requires the implementation within the next 25 years of an industry with a size comparable to that of the oil industry. Expectations, hopes and obstacles are briefly presented before we examine the three phases of the complete chain of capture, transport and storage of CO2. Finally, we will offer an outlook regarding the measures that need to be undertaken.
La tenue de la COP21 fournit l'occasion de faire le point sur le développement du captage et stockage du CO2. L'Agence internationale de l'énergie s'attend à ce que cette technologie contribue pour 15 à 20% à l'effort mondial de réduction des émissions de CO2 nécessaire à la réalisation de l'objectif, affiché à Copenhague, de limitation à 2° Celsius du réchauffement climatique à l'horizon 2100. Cela nécessite la mise en place en 25 ans d'une industrie de taille comparable à celle de l'industrie pétrolière. Quelles sont les perspectives aujourd'hui?