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UK Government Set to Fund Four CCS Hubs and Clusters
UK Government Set to Fund Four CCS Hubs and Clusters

18th November 2020 - London, United Kingdom

18 November 2020, London UK – The Global CCS Institute welcomes the UK government’s latest funding announcement of £1 billion to support the development of four carbon capture and storage hub and cluster projects across the UK by the end of the decade.

The investment – which earmarks an additional £200 million on top of the existing £800 million in government funding announced in the Spring Budget to support CCS development – is part of a 10-point plan to reach net-zero climate targets by 2050. The funding will help support 50,000 jobs, potentially in areas such as the Humber, Teesside, Merseyside, Grangemouth and Port Talbot.

“The United Kingdom has shown that it’s serious about tackling industrial emissions”, said CEO of the Global CCS Institute Brad Page. “This latest move to develop CCS hubs and clusters across the UK is a significant step forward in mitigating emissions from the UK’s most energy intensive industrial sectors. Not only will these hubs significantly reduce emissions, it will be done through the shared use of CCS infrastructure and transport, helping to reduce the cost and risk to both industry and government”, added Page.

In 2019, the UK moved forward with commitments to place its 2050 net-zero emissions target into law. The government’s new 10-point plan is aimed to align with its current net-zero legislation as per the amended Climate Change Act

“The announcement shows leadership in the UK around CCS, an absolutely key climate technology”, said international adviser to the Global CCS Institute and renowned economist at the London School of Economics, Lord Nicholas Stern. “It’s very important for our own net-zero emissions target and it’s also important beyond the UK in terms of development of the technologies, which we are really going to need”, added Stern.

Along with significant investment towards carbon capture and storage, the UK’s new climate action efforts will also further support offshore wind, nuclear power and hydrogen.

More information on the UK government’s 10-point plan can be found here.

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Media contact:  Ruth Gebremedhin (London): +44 79502 78261, ruth.gebremedhin@globalccsinstitute.com

About the Global CCS Institute:  The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible by sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so that this this vital technology can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, visit globalccsinstitute.com

 

Japan Forum to highlight vital role of carbon capture, utilisation and storage technology in Asia
Japan Forum to highlight vital role of carbon capture, utilisation and storage technology in Asia

5th October 2020 - Japan, Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan – Experts from across the globe will take part in a virtual Forum on October 6 that will highlight the critical need for carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCS/CCUS) technologies, demonstrate their versatility, discuss progress and the outlook for future CCS/CCUS deployment in Japan, and across Asia.

Co-hosted by the Global CCS Institute, an international think tank whose mission it is to accelerate the deployment of CCS globally, and Japan CCS Co. Ltd., the Japan-Asia CCUS Forum 2020 will focus attention on CCS/CCUS as essential for Japan, and the region’s, clean energy transition.

Speaking from Melbourne, Mr Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute, said:

“Delivering on ambitious global climate change targets requires urgent action to prevent carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere and achieve negative emissions. CCS/CCUS technologies are vital to reduce emissions to net-zero by mid-century and achieve global climate targets”.

“Multiple independent and credible bodies have concluded that to achieve global climate change targets in the time frame required, CCS/CCUS is essential, and is the only likely solution for hard to decarbonise industries such as steel, cement and fertiliser manufacturing”.

“The versatility of CCS to deliver deep emissions reductions across the power, industrial and transportation sectors, as well as presenting an enormous opportunity for the creation of a new low emissions economy, is a great strength of the technology”.

“In addition, and of particular interest in Japan, is that CCS/CCUS enables the production of low-emissions hydrogen. This presents an enormous opportunity to support the development of a new energy economy that creates jobs and sustains communities”, said Mr Page.

Delegates of the Forum will hear of the outcomes and learnings from key CCS/CCUS research and development initiatives such as the Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project; successfully conducted by our Forum co-host Japan CCS Co. Ltd. under the direction of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO) and significant R&D project led by Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE).

The outlook for future deployment of CCS/CCUS in Japan and Asia will also be a focus, as well as capacity building for the technology across the region. A range of international speakers will share their insights on CCS/CCUS with a view towards knowledge sharing and international cooperation.

The Forum will be supported Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE).

More information on the Forum, including an Agenda and Registration Link, can be found here.

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 Contact:  Lucy Temple-Smith (Melbourne): +61 466 982 068 lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

About the Global CCS Institute:  The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible by sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so that this this vital technology can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, visit globalccsinstitute.com

About our Forum co-host, Japan CCS Co., Ltd.:

Commissioned by the Japanese government to demonstrate a full-chain CCS system in Tomakomai City, Hokkaido, Japan CCS Co., Ltd. (JCCS) was founded in May 2008 when a group of major companies with expertise in CCS-related fields, including electric power, petroleum, oil & gas exploration and development, and plant engineering, joined forces to answer the Japanese government’s call for development of CCS technology as a countermeasure against global warming. JCCS is a unique company in the world to be founded and dedicated explicitly to developing integrated CCS technology. For more info: japanccs.com/en/

China Pledges to Reach Carbon Neutrality by 2060
China Pledges to Reach Carbon Neutrality by 2060

25th September 2020

BEIJING – The Global CCS Institute welcomes China’s latest climate commitment, pledging to become carbon neutral by 2060.

The announcement was made by China's President Xi Jinping during an address to the United Nations General Assembly, where the Paris Agreement was noted as a key document for jurisdictions to honour if a succesful transition to a low carbon economy is to be made.

While China has yet to release details around the 2060 pledge, President Xi Jinping says enhanced policy measures will be part of the equation.

In a newly released report co-authored by the Global CCS Institute, findings show that rapid deployment of both policy and climate technology will need to occur withing the next ten years to reach mid-century global climate targets and get to climate neutrality. With governments and industry adopting carbon neutral commitments now more than ever, the Institute looks forward to seeing significant progress in the just transition to a low carbon future.

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Ruth Gebremedhin: +44 7950 278 261 ruth.gebremedhin@globalccsinstitute.com

Lucy Temple-Smith: +61 466 982 068 lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

About the Global CCS Institute:  The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com. Follow us on Twitter GlobalCCS.

 

Center on Global Energy Policy, Global CCS Institute Release Key Net Zero Report as part of NYC Climate Week
Center on Global Energy Policy, Global CCS Institute Release Key Net Zero Report as part of NYC Climate Week

22nd September 2020

New York 22 September 2020

Report recommends deployment of carbon removal technologies, climate policies needed to curb climate catastrophe

New research from the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA and the Global CCS Institute released during Climate Week NYC 2020 finds that – beyond reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released to generate power and produce industrial products like cement, steel, chemicals and hydrogen – greater investment in technology that removes existing carbon dioxide from the air and oceans is critical to reducing global warming. The study, Net-Zero and Geospheric Return: Actions Today for 2030 and Beyond, recommends climate finance policies and technologies will need to grow rapidly within the next 10 years to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and decarbonize the global economy.

Julio Friedmann, lead author of the report and Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy, said: "Climate math is merciless - if we're going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we have to rapidly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions created by human activity and industry. This report explains in practical terms what we can do now to rapidly reduce today's carbon pollution, remove past emissions from the air and oceans, and states again a key fact: returning carbon dioxide emissions to earth's crust is a pathway that saves time, saves money, and speeds up our progress towards that goal."

The report finds that the deployment of innovative carbon removal technology and strong climate policy will require a global effort over the next 10 years to be a true success, and recommends immediate actions needed to achieve net-zero global emissions at lowest cost and greatest speed, including:

  • Investments in transportation and infrastructure: Estimates suggest that the 8,000 kilometers (5,000 mi) of existing carbon dioxide pipelines in North America must be expanded by an additional 35,000 kilometers (21,000 mi) to maximize emissions reduction. Similarly, industrial hubs and clusters, now under development in Europe, China, and the Middle East, can accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage at reduced cost. More storage sites and shipping options must be assessed and approved.
  • Investments in carbon capture and storage projects: Currently, there are 19 large-scale industrial and two large-scale power facilities that capture and store carbon emissions at their source, with combined capacity of about 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. There are an additional 20 similar projects under development. The International Energy Agency (IEA), IPCC, and many other groups estimate these types of carbon capture and storage projects must increase by a factor of 35 from today to mitigate the needed 1.5 Gigatonnes per year by 2030, and stay on a course to keep global warming to a 1.5 o C increase by 2030.
  • Market-Alignment Through Policy: Clear climate policies which reduce the financial and regulatory risk of carbon dioxide capture and storage projects and increase storage options need to be developed and implemented to attract private capital, encourage research, development and deployment projects, and bring new technology to market more quickly.

The climate action efforts we’re seeing globally, while encouraging, are not enough,” said Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute. “The findings in this report illustrate that both government and industry will need to work diligently within the next ten years to significantly reduce emissions. The sooner we include carbon, capture and storage (CCS) technologies into the fold of wide-spread decarbonization initiatives, the more likely we’ll be able achieve Paris Agreement climate targets and get to net zero emissions. Critically, this report reveals that without the accelerated deployment of CCS, global climate targets will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to reach. The deep decarbonization of heavy industry requires a technology that’s proven, effective and versatile. CCS is tailored for the job,” Page added.

Today, September 22, 2020, the Center on Global Energy Policy and the Global CCS Institute will host the global launch of Net-Zero and Geospheric Return: Actions Today for 2030 and Beyond at Climate Week NYC 2020. The virtual event will feature a discussion facilitated by Global CCS Institute CEO Brad Page with economist and climate advocate Sir Nicholas Stern and Jason Bordoff, former senior director on the staff of the U.S. National Security Council and special assistant to President Barack Obama, and Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. United States Senator Lisa Murkowski will follow with brief remarks.

Bordoff said:

"We are all currently witnessing the disastrous effects of climate change -- from wildfires raging in Australia and across the West of the United States to more devastating hurricanes each year. We need rapid and profound decarbonization to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, and the investments and policies made over the next decade will lay the foundation for achieving our climate goals. As carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise each year, we need all available technologies to manage and reduce emissions by 50% by 2030, and to ultimately reach net-zero by 2050."

Lord Stern said: This report is a timely reminder that we need to alter the alarming path we’re on and move swiftly to tackle climate change. The findings show that we have, at the ready, strong techniques developed, both in the form of policy and technology, which can be implemented quickly if we commit and make a major and vital contribution to achieving net zero. It is time to go to scale. By applying what we know, and learning along the way, we can build the path to the zero-carbon economy that is crucial for the prosperity of this and future generations.

To register for the live report release and webcast, sign up here.

The report will be made available in its entirety online at www.energypolicy.columbia.edu and https://www.globalccsinstitute.com.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Global CCS Institute:

Ruth Gebremedhin (US, UK and EU): +44 7950 278 261 ruth.gebremedhin@globalccsinstitute.com

Lucy Temple-Smith (Asia Pacific): +61 466 982 068 lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

Center on Global Energy Policy:

Artealia Gilliard: ag4144@columbia.edu

Genna Morton: gam2164@columbia.edu

About the Global CCS Institute:  The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com. Follow us on Twitter GlobalCCS.

About the Center on Global Energy Policy: The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA advances smart, actionable and evidence-based energy and climate solutions through research, education and dialogue. Based at one of the world’s top research universities, what sets CGEP apart is our ability to communicate academic research, scholarship and insights in formats and on timescales that are useful to decision makers. We bridge the gap between academic research and policy -- complementing and strengthening the world-class research already underway at Columbia University, while providing support, expertise, and policy recommendations to foster stronger, evidence-based policy. Recently, Columbia University President Lee Bollinger announced the creation of a new Climate School -- the first in the nation -- to tackle the most urgent environmental and public health challenges facing humanity. Follow us on Twitter @ColumbiaUEnergy.

 

Technology Investment Roadmap demonstrates vital role of CCS
Technology Investment Roadmap demonstrates vital role of CCS

22nd September 2020 - Australia, Melbourne

Melbourne 22 September 2020 – The inclusion of CCS as one of five priority technologies in the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap released today underscores CCS’s role as a vital low-emissions technology that can deliver multi-million tonne abatement at competitive costs.

In welcoming the Roadmap, CEO of the Global CCS Institute, Mr Brad Page said CCS is a proven class of technologies and a vital part of Australia’s low-emissions future.

“CCS has been in commercial operation around the world for decades, in a wide variety of industries. Its applications are exceptionally broad and especially suited to the so-called hard-to-abate sectors like steel manufacturing, cement and fertiliser production. It is backed by both the IPCC and the IEA as a vital technology for reducing emissions to net-zero by mid-century and achieving global climate change targets, including for its role in carbon dioxide removal”.

“Globally, investment in CCS facilities is accelerating quickly as governments and industry alike recognise the necessity to deploy the technology along with all other options to address climate change and achieve net zero emissions by mid-century. Indeed, Norway announced yesterday that it will be proceeding with a globally significant integrated CCS project capturing emissions from a cement plant and storing them in a new offshore geological storage facility. Australia is far from being alone in pursuing CCS”, said Mr Page.

“Australia is home to a number of industries where CCS is the key to decarbonisation. In several cases, these industries involve processes that deliver near-pure CO2 gas streams, ready for storage at low cost. The $20/tonne target for transportation and storage of CO2 announced today is realistic and achievable with the appropriate policy settings in place”.

“Australia is blessed with abundant, world-class geological resources required to safely and permanently store CO2. These resources are often in close proximity to large industrial CO2 sources with a very low cost of capture”.

Mr Page said this drives down CO2 transport costs and, when coupled with Australia’s CCS expertise and experience, provides the country with a global comparative advantage in CCS deployment.

“If anything, this happy coincidence of assets and capabilities could indicate a larger role for CCS in Australia than the global average, and the opportunity for our nation to become a global leader in the deployment of CCS as an emissions reduction technology”.

The production of low-cost, near-zero emissions hydrogen with CCS is one clear example of this opportunity for Australia, said Page.

“Hydrogen production from fossil fuels with CCS is the lowest cost source of clean hydrogen and is operating at full commercial scale today. Currently, approximately 98% of hydrogen production world-wide is from the reformation of methane or the gasification of coal or similar materials of fossil-fuel origin. Already, seven hydrogen production facilities in the world are fitted with CCS technology and operating successfully and commercially”.

“It is proven beyond doubt that the lowest cost production of clean hydrogen is from coal gasification or steam methane reformation with CCS. It is one third to one half the cost of renewable powered electrolysis and is expected to remain so well beyond 2030”.

“CCS offers enormous potential to deliver substantial emission reductions using technologies that are available right now at low cost, whilst also helping the economy, a factor that has never been more important than today”, said Mr Page.

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Lucy Temple-Smith (Melbourne): +61 466 982 068  lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

About the Global CCS Institute: The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change. Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible; sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so CCS can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Expanded funding mandates a positive step forward for CCS in Australia
Expanded funding mandates a positive step forward for CCS in Australia

17th September 2020 - Australia, Melbourne

Melbourne, 17 September – The expansion of the mandates of two government bodies to include carbon capture and storage (CCS) was today welcomed by the Global CCS Institute as a positive step forward for the acceleration of CCS deployment in Australia.

“Today’s announcement from government to expand the remits of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s beyond renewables is a welcome development”, said Brad Page, CEO of the international CCS think-tank.

“Alongside a funding commitment of $1.9 billion, this announcement demonstrates a strong commitment from government to the development and deployment of the next generation of low-emission technologies in Australia, including CCS”.

“CCS is a vital emissions abatement technology that is commercially available today and able to strengthen our economy and support jobs”.

“CCS technologies are critical to reducing emissions across hard to abate heavy industry, such as steel and cement manufacturing, that have very few other options to decarbonise”, said Mr Page.

Mr Page added that increased investment in CCS will lead to vast opportunities for the technology to drive the creation of new energy industries in Australia, leading to ongoing economic growth and development, in particular for regional areas.

“Investment in CCS today, ultimately increasing deployment of the technology in the near to medium term, creates opportunities for Australia to not only transition to significantly lower emissions, but unlock new clean energy industries, stimulate substantial economic activity and create jobs for our regions”, said Mr Page.

“CCS enables the production of very low-cost, near-zero emissions hydrogen, providing Australia with an incredible opportunity to invest now to be a future global leader in the production of clean hydrogen, as well as stimulating other clean energy industries such as low-emissions chemicals and fertiliser production.

Mr Page also welcomed the announcement of $50m for the establishment of CCS hubs, noting it brings Australia in line with international practice of maximising the opportunity of industrial CCS hub and clusters.

“CCS hubs and clusters are characterised by multiple industrial sources of CO2 accessing common CO2 transport and injection infrastructure. They significantly reduce the unit cost of CO2 transport and storage through economies of scale, and offer commercial and technical synergies that reduce the risk of investment and further reduce cost.

Industrial CCS hubs and clusters are emerging globally as the next wave of CCS investment and Australia is very well placed to exploit its world class storage opportunities with this initiative, Page said.

CCS is a proven versatile technology that reduces emissions from industry, power generation and hydrogen production and enables negative emissions through bioenergy with CCS and direct air capture.

Globally, there are now 20 large-scale CCS facilities capturing over 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. Australia is the home to the world’s largest geological storage facility – the Gorgon CCS facility in Western Australia.

 Contact: Lucy Temple-Smith (Melbourne): +61 466 982 068  lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

About the Global CCS Institute: The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change. Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible; sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so CCS can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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U.S Climate Crisis Action Plan Supports Adoption of Innovative CCS Technologies
U.S Climate Crisis Action Plan Supports Adoption of Innovative CCS Technologies

30th June 2020

30 June 2020, London U.K In the latest move to tackle climate change by U.S federal policy makers, the Global CCS Institute welcomes the release of the 2020 Climate Crisis Action Plan. Unveiled by the United States Select Committee on Climate Crisis, the action plan provides a comprehensive approach in the effort to significantly reduce carbon emissions in the United States by 2050.

The Global CCS Institute – a think tank that champions the wide-scale deployment of carbon and capture and storage – recognises this action plan as a positive next-step in the continued momentum towards the adoption of CO2 mitigating technologies. With hard to abate sectors already moving forward with innovative climate action technologies, this legislative document appears to bolster that effort even further.

“Currently, the US is a global leader in CCS with 10 large-scale plants operating and a further 18 in various stages of development, as well as 45Q, the most progressive CCS-specific incentive globally,” states Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute. “The United States' continued leadership in innovation is crucial to the necessary, 100-fold scale up of and access to CCS globally, an enabling technology for a globally equitable energy transition. As such, the Global CCS Institute welcomes the Select Committee’s recommendations to encourage carbon dioxide removal and storage measures in order to remove excess past emissions, reduce emissions from hard-to-abate sectors, and to support the developing world’s efforts to decarbonize," Page added.

The deployment of carbon capture and storage supports the urgent call by the IPCC to restrict global warming to 1.5 °C by 2050. The Global CCS Institute works alongside its members, including 13 organisations based in the United States, to ensure that goal remains within reach.

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Lucy Temple-Smith (Melbourne): +61 466 982 068 lucy.templesmith@globalccsinstitute.com

Guloren Turan (London): +44 782 505 7765 guloren.turan@globalccsinstitute.com

About the Global CCS Institute:  The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com

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Carbon capture and storage pipeline grows by 10 large-scale facilities globally
Carbon capture and storage pipeline grows by 10 large-scale facilities globally

8th June 2020 - CCS Projects

8 June 2020, Washington, DC The Global CCS Institute, an international think tank, has added 10 carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities to its global database, bringing the total number of CCS facilities in various stages of development to 59 with a capture capacity of more than 127 million tonnes per annum (mtpa)There are now 21 facilities in operationthree under construction, and 35 in various stages of development. 

Our recent CO2RE Database update shows that despite the current CV-19 crisis we are observing a significant increase in CCS facilities in the pipeline which demonstrates continued progress towards meeting climate targets, and will also result in significant job creation and economic growth”, said Global CCS Institute CEO Brad Page.  

In a recent flagship report on the value of CCS, the Global CCS Institute found that CCS deployment in line with the Paris Agreement and energy-related Sustainable Development Goals could create some 100,000 jobs in the industry by 2050 

The facilities added continue trends in CCS deployment that include innovative applications such as natural gas power, negative emissions and cement, as well as stacked and offshore geologic storage. Fuelled by targeted incentives and sustained government support the US adds nine facilities, while the UK adds one facility.  

We are thrilled to see the diversity of CCS applications. The average capture capacity of the new facilities is 2.6 mtpa, as opposed to 2 mtpa for those already in the pipeline, indicating that new facilities are aiming for economies of scale, and strengthening CCS’ role in large-scale emissions abatement. Nonetheless, with 21 facilities operating today, we still need at least a 100-fold scale-up to reach climate goals”, adds Brad Page.  

In the UK, the Drax bioenergy with CCS project aims to capture 4 mtpa from one of the existing biomass-fired power units by 2027, before converting all of its remaining biomass units to bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) by 2035. The carbon dioxide (CO2) will be transported by pipeline and stored in the southern North Sea via dedicated geological storage. The project will be an anchor for the wider Zero Carbon Humber Cluster.  

The US continues to add a large number of facilities mainly as the result of the 45Q tax credit, and the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard CCS Protocol. For example, the combined incentives contribute to the economic viability of both California Resources Corporation’s (CRC) CalCapture Project, and Velocys and Oxy Low Carbon Ventures Bayou Fuels Negative Emission Project. Multiple projects were also awarded US Department of Energy (DOE) front-end-engineering-design (FEED) study grants, or part of CarbonSAFE, seeking to establish large-scale storage of 50 mtpa and more. The Zeros Project in Texas, in an important development for the CCS facilities pipeline, has also completed its FEED and entered pre-construction.  

“This is an important time for CCS in the US,” says Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg. “Policy incentives and research from DOE projects are working together to help industry move forward towards the goal of net-zero carbon emissions.” 

While the US does not currently have any natural gas plants equipped with CCS, the database update includes three gas plant projects: Mustang Station in Texas, Plant Daniel in Mississippi and CRC’s CalCapture facility in California. This brings the total natural gas-fuelled power plants with CCS under development globally in the database to six.  

The CalCapture project offers multiple benefits including substantial emissions reductions, prolific positive economic impacts across the California economy, and development of a key technology needed worldwide to meet future energy transition targets. The FEED for the Cal Capture project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, which would position the project for permitting, construction and commissioning by mid-decade”, said Shawn Kerns, CRC Executive Vice President of Operations and Engineering. 

Moreover, two projects, the San Juan Generating Station and CRC’s CalCapture facility, are also evaluating plans for stacked storage, using both geologic storage with enhanced oil recovery, as well as dedicated storage in saline formations 

Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (LCV) has teamed up with LaFarge Holcim and Total to evaluate the capture of CO2 from a cement plant in Colorado, and Oxy LCV also intends to store CO2 from Velocys’ biofuel production, delivering negative emissions.  

The facilities update comes on the heels of continued momentum for CCS, including the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line becoming fully operational,  a positive investment decision by Equinor, Shell, and Total for the Northern Lights project, supportive policy momentum in Australia, and a $131 million funding announcement by the US Department of Energy.  

View the Global CCS Institute database at co2re.co 

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Lucy Temple-Smith (Melbourne): +61 466 982 068 lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com 

Guloren Turan (London): + 44 782 505 7765 guloren.turan@globalccsinstitute.com 

About the Global CCS Institute:  The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com 

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Global CCS Institute welcomes the 20th and 21st large-scale CCS facilities into operation
Global CCS Institute welcomes the 20th and 21st large-scale CCS facilities into operation

3rd June 2020

2 June 2020, Washington, DC – A refinery and a fertiliser plant connected to the now operational Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) have become the world’s 20th and 21st large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities in operation.

The ACTL carbon capture, utilisation and storage system, announced as fully operational today, utilises and stores CO2 captured at the North West Redwater Partnership (NWR) Sturgeon Refinery and Nutrien’s Redwater Fertilizer Facility. The two projects have a combined capture and storage capacity of almost 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 per annum (mtpa).

“We welcome this significant milestone of CCS deployment. It is also exciting to see the next wave of CCS projects commencing as we are moving to decarbonising industrial areas through CCS hubs and clusters. There are 51 large-scale facilities globally – now 21 in operation, two under construction, and 28 in various stages of development with an estimated combined capture capacity of just over 100 million tonnes of CO2 per annum”, said Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute, a think tank which tracks global, large-scale CCS projects in its co2re.co database.

The ACTL is a 240 km pipeline that transports CO2 to aging oil fields for secure and permanent geologic storage via enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The pipeline offers transport services and is owned and operated by Wolf Midstream while Enhance Energy will be the owner and operator of the CO2 utilisation and storage part of the facility. The pipeline can transport up to 14.6 mtpa of CO2.

Currently transporting about 1.6 mtpa, the system’s capacity indicates the potential for other industrial facilities to capture their CO2 and use the ACTL’s transport network, reducing risk and cost. At full capacity, the ACTL could become the largest carbon capture and storage system in the world.

“This is just the beginning,” said Jeff Pearson, President of Wolf Midstream’s Carbon Business Unit. “The future of energy and a lower carbon economy relies on key infrastructure like the ACTL”. Kevin Jabusch, CEO of Enhance Energy, added “We are putting CO2 to use. We permanently keep CO2 out of the environment, while producing low-carbon energy. Not only are we reinvigorating our rural energy economy at a time when it is needed most, but we are playing a key role in advancing a sustainable solution to global energy requirements.”

“With the addition of ACTL, we have welcomed three CCS facilities commencing operation in the past 12 months, demonstrating the important progress made to deploy CCS on the road to net-zero emissions.”, Mr Page said.

In August 2019, the Gorgon facility in Australia became the 19th CCS facility. By 2050 approximately 2000 facilities are expected to be needed to meet climate and energy-related sustainable development goals, according to the International Energy Agency.

Hubs and clusters, like the ACTL providing transportation and storage infrastructure for multiple sources of CO2, are largely regarded as the next wave of CCS projects. These projects unbundle the capture, transportation, and storage of CO2, reducing project risk and cost, and allowing each project party to focus on their core competencies, while also enabling further capture sources to be connected.

The ACTL was supported with CAD$495 Million from the Alberta Government’s CCS Fund, as well as with CAD$63 Million from the Canadian Federal Government.

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Guloren Turan (London): +44 7825 057765 guloren.turan@globalccsinstitute.com

Lucy Temple-Smith (Melbourne): +61 466 982 068 lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

 

About the Global CCS Institute:  The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com

Technology Investment Roadmap signals core role for CCS in emissions reductions
Technology Investment Roadmap signals core role for CCS in emissions reductions

21st May 2020 - Australia

Melbourne 21 May 2020 – The release of the Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper was today welcomed by the Global CCS Institute as another positive step forward for the acceleration of new and emerging emission reduction technologies, including carbon capture and storage (CCS), in Australia.

“Today’s Discussion Paper release is an important development in Australia’s progression towards implementing a technology neutral emissions reduction policy”, said Brad Page, CEO of the international CCS think-tank.

“For too long policy makers in Australia have had a single-dimension view on emissions reduction policy that focuses solely on renewable electricity. While massively increased deployment of renewables is required, alone they cannot achieve the emission reductions necessary across the whole economy.

“CCS is a vital emissions abatement technology that is commercially available today and able to strengthen our economy and support jobs.

“The inclusion of carbon, capture use and storage in the Paper demonstrates the vital role of CCS in Australia’s climate policy future and our sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19”.

“As demonstrated by the IPCC, the IEA and others, the rapid deployment of large-scale CCS technologies is vital if we are to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century and global climate change targets”.

Mr Page noted the technology was of particular importance for reducing emissions across hard to abate heavy industry, such as steel, fertiliser and cement manufacturing, that has very few other options to decarbonise.

“The Institute also welcomes the strategic and system-wide view to future investments in low emissions technologies enabled by this Roadmap.

“Achieving climate change targets requires a multifaceted emissions reduction strategy to decarbonise not only our energy sector but also transport, buildings, agriculture and – critically – hard to abate, emissions intensive industry that has very few alternative decarbonisation solutions.

Mr Page said creating market signals for CCS, stimulating investment and ultimately increasing deployment of the technology in Australia also provides the opportunity to transition to net zero emissions and secure a clean energy future, whilst unlocking new clean energy options, and sustaining local communities reliant on extractive industries.

Alongside CCS, the Technology Roadmap Discussion Paper signaled the Government sees enormous potential in the development of hydrogen, soil carbon sequestration, biofuels, resources and energy exports technologies.

CCS is a proven versatile technology that reduces emissions from industry, power generation and hydrogen production and enables negative emissions through bioenergy with CCS and direct air capture. Globally, there are now 19 large-scale CCS facilities capturing an estimated 40 million tonnes of CO2 every year. An additional 32 facilities are at various stages of planning and development. Australia is the home to the world’s largest geological storage facility – the Gorgon project.

 

Lucy Temple-Smith (Melbourne): +61 466 982 068  lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

Guloren Turan (London) +44 02036911765  guloren.turan@globalccsinstitute.com

Lee Beck (Washington DC): +1 202-677-9053 lee.beck@globalccsinstitute.com

 

About the Global CCS Institute: The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change. Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible; sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so CCS can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Norway’s Flagship CCS Project Northern Lights Receives Green Light by Project Partners
Norway’s Flagship CCS Project Northern Lights Receives Green Light by Project Partners

20th May 2020 - Norway, Oslo

Oslo, Norway – The Global CCS Institute has welcomed the positive investment decision by project partners Equinor, Shell, and Total to move ahead Norway’s flagship CO2 transport and storage project, Northern Lights. The project has now been handed over to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for Government approval.

“This positive decision is not only a step in the right direction for CCS but also pushes ahead an urgently needed solution for European industrial emissions”, said Brad Page, CEO, Global CCS Institute. “CCS is not only an essential climate mitigation technology but also a driver of economic growth and employment” he added, noting the project will generate significant number of jobs for Norwegian industry, with the projects partners estimating 57 percent of the investment going to Norwegian contractors.

The project, which is run by Equinor in partnership with Shell and Total, will provide CO2 storage as part of the Full-Scale CCS project in Norway. The project will be developed in stages, with phase one developing the infrastructure to transport, inject and store up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2024. It will provide the necessary infrastructure for the first large-scale CO2 capture in the waste-to-energy and cement industries, both of which are so far largely overlooked in climate efforts but whose decarbonization is crucial. Cement production alone produces eight per cent of global CO2 emissions, while waste is becoming a growing environmental problem.

“The FID by the Government of Norway is expected later this year and will be among the last steps before the project can break ground. We are, of course, hoping for a green light from the Government so this important flagship project can be built as a successful example of leveraging public-private partnerships for innovative decarbonisation through CCS. This project is of utmost global importance”, said Page.

Late 2019, a test well was drilled, and suitability of the rock formation was confirmed in March 2020. Last year, seven companies from various European industries joined the Full-Scale project via memoranda of understanding (MoUs). A major hurdle posed by the London Protocol, preventing the cross-border transport and export of CO2 for geologic storage offshore, was overcome in October. Northern Lights was also designated a Project of Common Interest (PCI) by the European Union (EU).

Northern Lights, which could eventually capture and store up to 5 million tonnes of CO2, will boost European CCS efforts and accelerate progress towards meeting Europe’s climate neutrality goals. It is envisioned to become an offshore CO2 storage hub for Europe unlocking investment in carbon mitigation initiatives across the continent.

Currently, there are 19 CCS operating CCS facilities globally. A further 32, including the Northern Lights Project, are in various stages of development.

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Lucy Temple-Smith (Melbourne): +61 466 982 068 lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

Lee Beck (Washington DC): +1 202 677 9053 lee.beck@globalccsinstitute.com

Guloren Turan (London): + 44 782 505 7765 guloren.turan@globalccsinstitute.com

About the Global CCS Institute: The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com

 

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Australian Government response to King Review paves way for increased CCS investment
Australian Government response to King Review paves way for increased CCS investment

19th May 2020 - Australia, CCS, Investment, Policy

Melbourne 19 May 2020 – The Global CCS Institute, an international think-tank backed by governments, industry, research and financial institutions, today welcomed the Morrison Government’s response in accepting all carbon capture and storage (CCS) recommendations made by an expert panel review into emissions reductions policy in Australia.

“We welcome the Government’s response to the King Review as a critical step forward in unlocking private sector investment and accelerating the deployment of CCS in Australia”, said Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute.

The accepted recommendations included legislative amendments to enable the development of a CCS method within the $2 billion Emissions Reduction Fund, expansion of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Australian Renewable Energy Agency to open up private sector investment in CCS and the development of a co-investment program to accelerate investment in emissions intensive heavy industries.

Mr Page said the response signals the accelerated commitment to progressing CCS technologies in Australia, as well as providing recognition of the key role CCS can play in decarbonising the hard-to-abate industrial sectors and unlocking new clean energy options.

“As demonstrated by the IPCC, the IEA and others, the rapid deployment of large-scale CCS technologies, in particular across emissions intensive heavy industry with very few alternative decarbonisation solutions, is vital if we are to reduce emissions to net-zero emissions by mid-century and achieve global climate change targets”.

“For this to happen at the scale required, robust policy frameworks and increased collaboration between the public and private sectors are essential to manage and reduce risks and stimulate investment”.

“The increased deployment of CCS in Australia also provides the opportunity to transition to a net-zero emission economy and secure a clean energy future, whilst sustaining local communities reliant on extractive industries”, said Mr Page.

CCS is a proven versatile technology that reduces emissions from industry, power generation and hydrogen production and enables negative emissions through bioenergy with CCS and direct air capture. Globally, there are now 19 large-scale CCS facilities capturing an estimated 40 million tonnes of CO2 every year. An additional 32 facilities are at various stages of planning and development. Australia is the home to the world’s largest geological storage facility – the Gorgon project.

CONTACT:

Lucy Temple-Smith (Melbourne): +61 466 982 068  lucy.temple-smith@globalccsinstitute.com

Guloren Turan (London) +44 02036911765  guloren.turan@globalccsinstitute.com

Lee Beck (Washington DC): +1 202-677-9053 lee.beck@globalccsinstitute.com

About the Global CCS Institute: The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change. Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible; sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so CCS can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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