Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) energy guru Julio Friedmann has been honored with the Greenman Award by the Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) conference series.
Friedmann is recognized for his tireless efforts to promote carbon capture and storage, particularly at large scale. This award is given to those who have made career-scale impact on the management of CO2 removal, storage and utilization.
”I am honored to join the prior recipients,” Friedmann said. “The award stands for accomplishment. I feel pleased that so many people believe I have accomplished something in the energy sector.”
The Greenman was chosen to represent these achievements as it is an ancient archetype of a human face peering through growing foliage, which is often depicted on buildings, churches and cathedrals. It symbolizes the mysteries of creativity, compassion, healing, new beginnings and especially man’s connection with nature and the power of humankind working together with nature, the cycles of creation and "man and the forest."
The GHGT conference series has established itself as the principal international conference on greenhouse mitigation technologies.
Friedmann serves as the senior adviser for Energy Innovation at the Lab and is working with LLNL Deputy Director for Science and Technology Pat Falcone, Global Security and the Director's Office on Mission Innovation, a flagship initiative to dramatically accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy through a doubling of the Department of Energy's (DOE) R&D budget.
Friedmann earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in geoscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He had spent 10 years at Lawrence Livermore as chief energy technologist and director of the carbon capture program before he was called to Washington, D.C as principal deputy assistant secretary for Fossil Energy for the DOE. This expertise helped him manage and redefine the research program in the Office of Fossil Energy.