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Carbon capture and storage remains essential to beating climate change
Carbon capture and storage remains essential to beating climate change

8th October 2018 - Australia, Melbourne

Melbourne: Monday 8 October, 2018: Latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings released today are further confirmation that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is essential to mitigating climate change.

Welcoming the release of the IPCC’s Special Report of 1.5 Degrees, the world authority on CCS, the Global CCS Institute, said 2 degrees, let alone 1.5 degrees, cannot be met without CCS and the best climate science available was continuing to support that fact.

Global CCS Institute CEO, Brad Page, said as the world veered off-track in meeting international climate change commitments, it was pressingly apparent that CCS was an essential part of the arsenal of clean technologies needed to combat climate change.

“The IPCC’s report reconfirms the role which carbon capture and technology must play in beating climate change, and the fact that all technologies are necessary.

“As the IPCC has acknowledged, the extreme weather events witnessed around the world over the past few months are evidence enough of the catastrophe that climate change poses.

We need to take heed and take action to what is happening. The IPCC’s report is yet another call to arms.”

Mr Page said the IPCC, as well as the International Energy Agency (IEA), confirmed that CCS was the only technology capable of decarbonizing major industry, particularly the high emitting cement, steel and petrochemical sectors.

“These are sectors that cannot be turned off at the flick of a switch. They need a technology that can mitigate their emissions at the same time as safeguarding the jobs and economies they support.

“We have a technology that can bridge the gap between our current fossil fuel dependence and a future which is emission free.”

Mr Page said the Report has reinforced the fact that a 1.5 degree world cannot be reached without deployment of all clean technologies and carbon capture and storage is most definitively one.

“CCS must remain at the forefront of national, regional and international policy discussions and, as the IPCC said today, governments must act on this evidence.”

There are now 18 large-scale CCS facilities in commercial operation around the world, with five in construction and more 20 in various stages of development.

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Antonios Papaspiropoulos (Melbourne): +61 401 944 478  antonios.papaspiropoulos@globalccsinstitute.com

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

Annya Schneider (Brussels): +32 (0) 25503972  annya.schneider@globalccsinstitute.com

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

About the Global CCS Institute: Our 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. Our diverse international membership consists of governments, global corporations, small companies, research bodies and nongovernment organisations, committed to CCS as an integral part of a low-carbon future. We are headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with regional offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Beijing and Tokyo. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com

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CCS centrepiece for new Australian-Japanese hydrogen supply chain
CCS centrepiece for new Australian-Japanese hydrogen supply chain

12th April 2018 - Australia

Melbourne, Thursday 12 April: The world authority on carbon capture and storage (CCS), the Global CCS Institute, says today’s launch of a Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project heralds the development of a hydrogen industry in Australia that will place CCS at the centre of a new energy economy.

This world first initiative, a joint venture between Global CCS Institute members, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), J-Power, the Australian, Japanese and Victorian governments, and HESC industry partners, will build a pilot plant to produce hydrogen from Latrobe Valley brown coal for export to Japan.

Success with the pilot plant is expected to lead to a commercial size plant, incorporating carbon capture and storage, to produce emission free hydrogen.

Speaking from the launch in the Latrobe Valley, Global CCS Institute Chief Executive Officer, Brad Page, said: “Carbon capture and storage enables hydrogen to be produced from coal or gas with zero emissions and at low commercial cost. Manufacturing hydrogen from coal requires CO2 to be separated during the production process and as such, there’s very little additional cost associated with capturing CO2 during the production process. Indeed, multiple studies have found that converting coal and gas to hydrogen and using CCS is the cheapest way to produce low emission hydrogen.

“Because the Latrobe Valley has one of the world’s largest deposits of brown coal and with excellent carbon dioxide storage options nearby in the well characterised Gippsland Basin, it makes perfect sense to locate this world leading project here. The Valley is also home to a workforce with specialized skills and energy sector knowledge to support this initiative.”

Mr Page says this initiative represents a major turning point for CCS in Australia by securing jobs, sustaining communities, and paving the way for a global hydrogen economy that combats climate change.

CCS technology is already the foundation for low emission hydrogen production facilities in Japan, China, the United States and Europe.

The Asia Pacific region is the world’s leading consumer of hydrogen representing one-third of the global demand. Large amounts of hydrogen are already used in refining, ammonia, and methanol production. The range of applications will become broader and accelerate quickly as new uses for hydrogen as a zero-emission fuel are developed. Key among these is transportation, a sector which is difficult to decarbonise.

Mr Page says a hydrogen production plant can anchor a CCS hub in the Latrobe Valley providing a sustainable low-emissions pathway for ongoing commercialisation of the valley’s vast brown coal resources. This will benefit the local community and all Australians.

“The CCS hub and cluster concept is already gaining momentum in the United Kingdom,Norway and the Netherlands where diverse industries are seeing the huge value in sharing CCS infrastructure for commercial and climate change advantage.”

“Today’s announcement is further proof that CCS has come of age and is indispensable to a low emission future.”

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Antonios Papaspiropoulos: +61 401 944 478  antonios.papaspiropoulos@globalccsinstitute.com

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

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