4.1 Workshop Overview

The APEC-CFE workshop was held at the MUTEC (Museo Tecnológico de CFE), which is CFE's Technology Museum in the Chapultepec Park in Mexico City, and was entitled "APEC-CFE Workshop for Introducing CO2 Geological Storage in Earth Sciences Undergraduate Programs". The workshop was held on 27-28 June 2012. The Mexico workshop became part of the Phase V project after the workshops with ADB were canceled due to scheduling conflicts in late March 2012. Planning for the workshop started in May 2012, with the agenda and the selection of speakers to be invited for the workshops.

The updated training modules were used for the Mexico City workshop, with the addition of the new North American Carbon Storage Atlas as part of the reference material. In preparing a list of potential expert speakers, ICF relied on the APEC Project Overseer's contacts and presenters from a CSLF workshop, which was held in Mexico City in March 2012. Participants for the workshops were invited by CFE, based on their interactions with various universities. The Global CCS Institute provided financial support for expenditures that could not be covered by APEC, and the workshop was officially sponsored by CFE and the Foundación ProCiencias de la Tierra (Pro Earth Sciences Foundation – FECIT).

The agenda for the workshop was prepared by APEC and ICF, in coordination with CFE and FECIT. It was translated into Spanish and placed on the FECIT website, as soon as it was finalized. FECIT website has the agenda, as well as the presentations and APEC handouts to participants, at http://www.fundacionprocienciasdelatierra.org/

The workshop binders were prepared ahead of time and consisted of the agenda, speaker biographies, and the presentations by speakers. The workshop binder contents, the training modules and CCS references were all burned onto a CD, which was provided to workshop participants.

The workshop was structured such that the first day featured a general introduction to the role of CCS in climate change mitigation and a discussion of the basic science behind CCS technology, whereas the second day focused primarily on specific issues pertaining to Mexico, especially the role of EOR as an initial avenue for deploying CCS in Mexico. Many of the international experts spoke and played an active role in the workshop on both days. On the last day, an invitation-only roundtable discussion focused on options for introducing CCS in the curriculum of Mexican universities.