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ACR Announces Appointment of Director of Engineered Solutions

New Senior Leadership Role Adds to ACR's Existing Team of Technical Experts

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, August 2, 2021 -  The American Carbon Registry (ACR), a nonprofit enterprise of Winrock International, is pleased to announce the appointment of Maris Densmore as the Director of Engineered Solutions, a newly created ACR senior leadership role. In this role, Maris will lead the investigation, analysis, and implementation of new strategic opportunities to harness the power of markets for high impact emission reduction and removal actions in the energy and industrial sectors, including geologic storage of carbon, methane emission abatement, and long-term storage of carbon via other industrial processes.
A licensed geologist with 20 years of technical, policy and regulatory, community engagement and field experience in environmental and oil and gas operations, Maris most recently served as the Manager of Carbon Capture Solutions at Sacramento-based California Resources Corporation (CRC).
The urgent sea change required in the oil and gas sector presents both challenges and opportunities for carbon capture and storage (CCS) and reducing emissions from methane, a potent short-lived climate pollutant,” said Mary Grady, ACR executive director. “ACR is thrilled to add Maris’ deep oil and gas sector technical knowledge, policy insights and field experience to our recognized roster of forestry and industrial experts. With this appointment, we want to send a clear message that we welcome collaboration with sector leaders to blaze the trail for others to follow to achieve net zero.”
The ACR appointment comes at a critical time for incentivizing market-based solutions to dramatically reduce emissions in all sectors and scale up removals technologies to meet the Paris Agreement’s aggressive 1.5C climate targets and avoid overshoot. A recent study by Trove Research, Future Demand, Supply and Prices for Voluntary Carbon Credits, assessed CCS to be one of three project types likely to comprise the majority of new voluntary carbon credit projects (the other two being REDD+ and renewable energy in Least Developed Countries).
Speaking on her new role, Densmore said, “The deployment of emissions reductions and removals technologies at an industrial scale is critical to addressing the global climate crisis. ACR’s proven leadership in the carbon offset market, our adaptability, and the dedication and expertise of our staff make this the ideal setting for development of innovative, scalable industrial strategies. I joined ACR to be part of the climate solution and look forward to engagement with partners and stakeholders as we transition to a greener, more equitable future.