About the CSLF
The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) is a Ministerial-level international climate change initiative that is focused on the development of improved cost-effective technologies for the separation and capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) for its transport and long-term safe storage. The mission of the CSLF is to facilitate the development and deployment of such technologies via collaborative efforts that address key technical, economic, and environmental obstacles. The CSLF will also promote awareness and champion legal, regulatory, financial, and institutional environments conducive to such technologies.
The CSLF is currently comprised of 23 members, including 22 countries and the European Commission. CSLF member countries represent over 3.5 billion people, or approximately 60% of the world's population.
Membership is open to national governmental entities that are significant producers or users of fossil fuels and that have a commitment to invest resources in research, development and demonstration activities in CO2 capture and storage technologies.
Members of the carbon sequestration stakeholder community are involved with the CSLF and are encouraged to participate and interact with the CSLF.
The CSLF Charter, established in 2003, establishes a broad outline for cooperation with the purpose of facilitating development of cost-effective techniques for capture and safe long-term storage of CO2, while making these technologies available internationally.
The CSLF will seek to:
- Identify key obstacles to achieving improved technological capacity;
- Identify potential areas of multilateral collaborations on carbon separation, capture, transport and storage technologies;
- Foster collaborative research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects reflecting Members' priorities;
- Identify potential issues relating to the treatment of intellectual property;
- Establish guidelines for the collaborations and reporting of their results;
- Assess regularly the progress of collaborative R&D projects and make recommendations on the direction of such projects;
- Establish and regularly assess an inventory of the potential areas of needed research;
- Organize collaboration with all sectors of the international research community, including industry, academia, government and non-government organizations; the CSLF is also intended to complement ongoing international cooperation in this area;
- Develop strategies to address issues of public perception; and
- Conduct such other activities to advance achievement of the CSLF's purpose as the Members may determine.
In 2005, the CSLF and the technologies it seeks to develop were identified by international bodies as pivotal in dealing with greenhouse gases and their ultimate stabilization. In July 2005, the G-8 Summit endorsed the CSLF in its Gleneagles Plan of Action on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development, and identified it as a medium of cooperation and collaboration with key developing countries in dealing with greenhouse gases.
Similar designations were also made in bilateral activities that include: 1) the joint statement of the U.S.-European Union Summit on Energy Security, Energy Efficiency, Renewables and Economic Development, and 2) the Mainz Declaration of Germany and the United States on Cleaner and More Efficient Energy, Development and Climate Change.
In 2006 and 2007, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the CSLF held a series of three workshops for invited experts from around the world on the topic of near-term opportunities for carbon capture and storage (CCS). Resulting recommendations from these workshops were formally adopted by the CSLF and were sent forward to G8 leaders.