As the vice-president of strategy and stakeholder relations, Beth represents International CCS Knowledge (Knowledge Centre) amongst global decision-makers and financiers to accelerate engagement on, and understanding of, the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS). With a focus on linking CCS knowledge globally to reduce locked-in investments and collaboratively support the goals of the Paris Agreement. Her understanding of complex climate change matters, policies and regulations, and international financing concerns act as a solid basis for assisting both national and international implementation strategies for technologies that support environmental targets.
Prior to joining the Knowledge Centre, Beth worked briefly as legal counsel for Saskatchewan's Crown utility. She pairs this industrial perspective with regulatory knowledge as acting director of climate change with the Government of Saskatchewan. These positions are reflective of Beth’s time with the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy where she focused on analyzing provincial/territorial climate action plans and making recommendations for low-cost and sustainable pathways. Beth’s legal education, teaching and practice have explored balancing energy, the environment, and social implications.
Many of the common hurdles for large-scale carbon capture and storage can be addressed when projects share knowledge and do not start from ground zero in their development, writes Beth (Hardy) Valiaho of International CCS Knowledge Centre.