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COP 18: Doha

The 2012 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference took place in Doha, Qatar. Many thousands of delegates from the world’s governments and observer bodies attended the climate change talks to discuss ideas on how to further address the challenges of climate change, as well as negotiate national commitments to actually drive significant emissions reductions.

Doha night skyline

Negotiations at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) and the 8th session of the COP served as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) seeking to enhance the global effort to pursue meaningful mitigation and adaptation action in order to halt global average temperatures rising above 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial times, and to advance a number of key issues on CCS.

At COP 17 in Durban in 2011, the rules of including CCS in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) were adopted, paving the way for developing countries to access alternative project finance and so potentially enhance their ability to contribute to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Two main CCS-related matters were negotiated at these climate change talks, these being the trans-boundary movement of CO2 and the establishment of a Global Reserve of Certified Emission Reduction Units (CERs) under the CDM.

However, many other matters negotiated at these climate change talks may also materially influence how CCS is developed and deployed over the coming years, including the establishment of new market mechanisms to further incentivise the deployment of low emissions technologies (such as CCS), as well as an ever evolving UNFCCC architecture to further encourage deep emissions reduction ambitions.

The Institute kept members updated on the developments of the climate change talks as they unfolded by posting a regular blog series. As it has done in previous years, the Institute also hosted several major side events to:

  • raise public awareness of the role CCS must be allowed to play if the UNFCCC is to deliver on its ultimate objective of stabilising human-induced atmospheric emissions to avoid dangerous levels of climate change;
  • present the excellent track record of CCS projects to date;
  • continue to advocate for CCS friendly considerations by negotiators; and subsequently
  • influence positive outcomes in the negotiations on the design of all UNFCCC mechanisms.

Media releases

Release location: 
Doha, Qatar
The Global CCS Institute has welcomed a new report by the ENGO Network, an international group of leading environmental organisations, which urges governments, in particular...
04
Dec
2012

Reports

Date published: 
04 Dec 2012
CCS is an important tool in the fight to reduce global carbon emissions for a range of reasons. This report looks at several core motivations for the deployment of CCS.
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Events

Exhibition
Institute hosted

Showcasing the global deployment of carbon capture and storage projects.

26
Nov
2012
Seminar
Institute hosted

An update on CCS within the current UNFCCC dialogue.

28
Nov
2012
Seminar
Global CCS Institute
UNFCCC
Capture
Storage
Institute hosted

A global update of CCS projects as well as focus on the propensity and sufficiency of the UNFCCC’s current and future arrangements to support clean energy options such as CCS.

28
Nov
2012
Meeting
Institute hosted

A reception for members of the Global CCS Institute and invited guests.

01
Dec
2012
Seminar
Demonstration projects
Institute hosted

A global update of CCS projects as well as explore the challenges of CCS technology from a developing country perspective.

01
Dec
2012
Seminar
Climate change and energy policy
Multilateral fora
UNFCCC
Conference of the Parties (COP)
Institute hosted

An update on CCS within the current UNFCCC dialogue.

03
Dec
2012
Seminar
Public Engagement
Communication
Institute hosted

This session provides for ENGO experts (among others) to express a consolidated view on CCS.

04
Dec
2012
Seminar
Climate change and energy policy
Multilateral fora
UNFCCC
Conference of the Parties (COP)
Institute hosted

An update on CCS within the current UNFCCC dialogue.

06
Dec
2012
Seminar
Institute hosted

A global update of CCS projects as well as focus on the challenges and opportunities of CCS technology from European projects perspective.

06
Dec
2012

Video


Institute CEO, Brad Page, speaks with Climate Change TV at COP 18.

Insights

The Institute hosted its final side event for COP 18/CMP on Thursday, 6 December. John Scowcroft moderated the side event titled Global knowledge sharing - what are...
mark.bonner
The Global CCS Institute hosted a side event on Tuesday, 4 December at the Diplomatic Club at which a white paper on CCS - Perspectives on Carbon Capture and Storage...
meade.harris
One of the major side events held in conjunction with each annual Conference of the Parties (COP) is the Global Business Day, organised by the World Business...
barry.jones
Events of interest from the previous three days:
mark.bonner
The Global CCS Institute held a side event Global Update on CCS and Regional Project Perspectives at the Doha climate change talks on Saturday, 1 December. This...
meade.harris
The Global CCS Institute held a side-event 'Carbon Capture and Storage in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - Making sense of it all' at the...
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