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Carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Europe has been given a significant boost with a UK Government contract awarded for an advanced engineering study on a pivotal CCS project. 

A global inventory of climate change and clean energy policies indicates a widening gap between support provided to develop and deploy carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and that afforded to other clean energy options.

Speaking today at the United Nations climate change talks in Warsaw, Poland, Global CCS Institute CEO Brad Page said the inventory had informed the development of an analytical framework to compare national policy support to drive domestic action on CCS.

The Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Institute is delighted to be in Seoul, Korea, to sign agreements with Korea Environment Corporation (KECO) and Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP), launch The Global Status of CCS: 2013, and host its annual international Member event.

The successful test drilling of a carbon dioxide (CO2) storage site in the North Sea represents an important milestone for CCS in Europe.

The Global CCS Institute welcomed the announcement from National Grid which will enable further work to confirm the potential volume of storage. The undersea site, located about 65km off the Yorkshire coast supports the Don Valley storage work program and is funded by an EU grant to advance CCS in Europe. Early indications suggest a storage potential of around 200 million tonnes.

The Global CCS Institute is pleased to sponsor TEDxCanberraSalon 2013—Ready For Tomorrow, a forum for pioneering thinkers to explore the challenges of our changing society.

“As one of the foremost global challenges of our time, we need to encourage innovative and thoughtful solutions to damaging climate change,” Institute CEO Brad Page said today.

“I applaud TEDx Canberra for bringing together such a diverse program of contemporary thinkers and community–minded innovators to consider this and the world of rapid technological change.”

Twelve Malaysian delegates will this week participate in a Global CCS Institute–sponsored study tour of Australian carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites as part of the Institute’s capacity building program for Malaysia and the Malaysia–Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The tour has been designed to provide participants with a snapshot of key aspects of CCS and Australia’s approach to researching them, including:

The Global CCS Institute today achieved a major milestone with the release of a more regionally focused, globally connected five–year strategic plan, bringing it a step closer to becoming a fully Member-funded organisation.

CEO Brad Page said the Institute had responded to Members’ feedback by moving to a decentralised service delivery model that would strengthen its presence in three regions—the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa—and advance the CCS agenda.

China must be commended for its impressive approach to tackling the climate change challenge, including through large–scale investment in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, according to Global CCS Institute Chairman Professor Paul Dougas.

Speaking at the opening of the Institute’s new office in Beijing, Professor Dougas acknowledged the Chinese Government for embedding climate change policy in its industrial and economic development agenda.