The Institute at COP25

2nd December - 13th December 2019

What is COP25 and why is the Institute involved?

The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations is the international platform where nations come together to negotiate the operational rules that govern the various climate treaties, including the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement. The Institute has participated in the COP process since COP 16 (Cancun, 2010), strongly advocating for the role CCS can and must play as a vital technology in a broad global portfolio of low emissions technologies.

This year’s conference convenes in Madrid, Spain, from 2 to 13 December to negotiate, recommend and decide on a broad range of climate friendly outcomes. Find out more about the conference, the vision and initiatives of the COP25 Presidency, the logistics and more on the UNFCCC COP 25 website for information for participants and side-events/exhibits.

Expectations are high for COP25 to deliver the final outstanding element to be finalised for the rulebook for the Paris Agreement – the rules for an international mechanisms that will enable countries to trade emissions reductions towards meeting their national commitments. The Institute attended the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, in late June this year, where countries had detailed technical and political discussions on this topic.

The main outcomes sought by the Institute in its participation in COP25 include:

  • Raising international awareness amongst key decision-makers of the vital role CCS must play as an environmentally-sound and transformational clean-energy technology.
  • Advocating for CCS support on at least an equitable basis to alternate technologies within the global portfolio of technologies available to address climate change; this means policies that avoid discriminating and/or disadvantaging CCS deployment prospects
  • Communicating the merits of CCS inclusion in all of the UNFCCC’s architecture and its programs, mechanisms and communications vehicles as is appropriate and relevant to do so (such as Nationally Determined Contributions)
  • Evolving the Institute’s role and reputation within this formal space as the primary influencer on CCS matters, as well as a valued provider of information to governments and industry alike to positively inform future evidence-based policy development and best practice efforts
  • Translating the complexity of the UNFCCC negotiations and outcomes to members in a business and policy relevant manner, including articulating the opportunities arising out of the international climate agenda that can help mobilise the resources required to deploy CCS (i.e. funding and expertise)

The delegation of the Institute will be involved in a series of public and private events at COP25, please contact Annya Schneider at 

Global CCS Institute at COP25

COP 25 China Pavilion Side Event (more details to follow)

The Institute's CEO Brad Page and General-Manager Advocacy and Communications Guloren Turan will be speaking at the event. 

  • Friday 6 December, 16:00-18:30
  • Venue: China Pavilion

Event hosted by Columbia Global Centers: From Carbon Pricing to Carbon Capture: Putting Climate Policy Tools and Technologies into Action

The Institute's CEO Brad Page will be speaking at the event. 

  • Saturday 7 December, 9:00-13:00
  • Venue: TBC

Media Conference to launch the Global Status of CCS Report 2019

Destination net-zero: the role of carbon capture and storage in a net-zero economy

  • Monday 9 December, 13:30-14:00
  • Venue: TBC

IETA Pavilion side-event hosted by the Institute (more details to follow)

  • Tuesday 10 December, 13:00-14:30
  • Venue: IETA Business Hub

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