Logo of CO-LaN smallWithin the CAPE-OPEN 2017 Annual Meeting, the 2017 Annual General Meeting of CO-LaN was organized today.

Richard BAUR, representing Shell Global Solutions and acting President, presented the status report over the period from October 2016 till end of September 2017. The report was followed by a vote of Full Members present or represented that all approved the report.

Then Richard BAUR gave, on behalf of Philippe ARPENTINIER, representative of Air Liquide and treasurer of CO-LaN, the financial report for the period January till December 2016. Philippe ARPENTINIER was held up by other activities.

2016 ended up with a substantial loss for CO-LaN, around 11K€. The loss is due to a high level of activities such as consutancy support actions, training and COBIA development which have called for external services to be bought. The accumulated funds available to CO-LaN at the end of 2016 amount to 93 K€ and permit to sustain a similar level of activity in 2017 and 2018, leading to expected increased losses in 2017 and 2018 since the number of contributing Full Members has decreased following TOTAL’s withdrawal from CO-LaN at the end of 2016. At some point the adequate funding of these activities will have to be organized differently and the debate was open of asking Associate Members to contribute also to the funding especially of the tools necessary to the certification process. The General Assembly approved the report and took the necessary steps to deal with the loss appearing in 2016. Then the budget for fiscal year 2018 was proposed and voted upon with the annual membership fee for Full Members set to 10,000€.

Within the Ordinary General Meeting, election of the new Management Board was conducted and resulted in the following nominations:

Air Liquide, represented by Philippe ARPENTINIER

BASF represented by Peter MAUER

BP represented by Mick LEE,

DOW represented by Isaiah HUANG

Linde represented by Oliver KOCH

Shell Global Solutions represented by Richard BAUR

A change in CO-LaN bylaws was proposed: rules about offices held within the Management Board need to be adapted. New version of Article 9 of the bylaws was approved with the General Assembly being organized with the quorum and majority rules of an Extraordinary General Meeting.