Key Topics
Areas of focus in accelerating CCS

Capacity Development

What is capacity development?

The Global CCS Institute defines capacity development as building the awareness, understanding, knowledge and ultimately skills required to progress CCS in a country context. It may be appropriate to build knowledge and understanding across a variety of stakeholder groups, including policy makers, regulators, industry, and not-for-profit organisations. All these groups are vital for making CCS a viable low-carbon energy solution. CCS capacity can be built around a number of different topics. For example, CCS capacity might be built around:

  • government understanding of legal and policy issues and how this applies to legislation and regulation development and application
  • technical knowledge and skills in engineers, geologists, and project managers
  • understanding financial and commercial issues, risks and incentives by policy makers, lenders, and companies, and
  • the ability of companies and governments to effectively and genuinely engage with the public and local stakeholders around a specific CCS project.

What is a capacity development program?

A capacity development program is a set of activities that develop awareness, skills and knowledge around different topics, for example; policy and regulation, technical expertise, financial and commercial aspects and good practice public engagement.

Actual work program activities are tailored in collaboration with countries depending on what skills and knowledge need to be developed, but might include the following:

  • Practical training such as customised programs, site placements and secondments
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Workshops, presentations and seminars
  • Establishing and facilitating networks between people, groups and organisations
  • Site visits and study tours
  • Education in the form of external or online courses, secondments, integration into university curriculums and research grants, and
  • Videos, best practice guidelines and brochures.

The program is a partnership between the Institute and country stakeholders. This means that ownership and active participation by stakeholders is crucial to its success.

The Institute’s capacity development approach

The Institute works with a number of ‘capacity development countries of focus’ to create an ‘enabling environment’ for CCS. The Institute works with in-country stakeholders to develop a country-specific capacity development program. The tailored capacity development program is aimed at facilitating a country’s movement through the different stages of CCS development, from scoping CCS opportunity to project deployment.

In working with countries of focus, the Institute has a few key engagement principles. These are to:

  • create local ownership and alignment
  • maintain sustainable development momentum
  • take a holistic, flexible and adaptable approach
  • collaborate respectfully, and
  • track progress and develop learnings.

The Institute has also provided funding to – and works with – other key CCS capacity development organisations, such as the Asian Development Bank, the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC), the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, and the World Bank.

Working with countries around the world

An Institute ‘capacity development country of focus’ is a Non-Annex 1 country that the Institute works in partnership with, to undertake capacity development activities over an extended period.

The Institute’s capacity development countries of focus are currently:

The Institute also works with a number of other countries either on a case-by-case basis or through our partnerships with other global organisations.

CCS Development Life Cycle

The Institute has developed a suite of tools and products in order to help countries of focus develop appropriate awareness, understanding, knowledge and skills around different aspects of CCS.

A key tool is the CCS Development Lifecycle. Different countries are at different stages of development. Some are at the early stages of CCS development (e.g. scoping the opportunity) while others are further along the CCS lifecycle (e.g. creating an enabling 'environment' for CCS).

By providing stakeholders with a series of questions to consider, country stakeholders nominate where they think their country sits. This helps us to collaborate with partners to develop a targeted Capacity Development Work Program. This helpful tool assists us to identified the desired outcomes of the work program.

The key stages on the CCS development lifecycle are illustrated in the diagram below:

CCS Development Lifecycle