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CSLF Policy Group

Members of the CSLF Policy Group meet in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in November 2015.

Members of the CSLF Policy Group meet in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in November 2015.

The Policy Group is responsible for carrying out the following functions of the CSLF:

  • Identify key legal, regulatory, financial, public perception, institutional-related or other issues associated with the achievement of improved technological capacity.
  • Identify potential issues relating to the treatment of intellectual property.
  • Establish guidelines for the collaborations and reporting of results.
  • Assess regularly the progress of collaborative projects and, following reports from the Technical Group, make recommendations on the direction of such projects.
  • Ensure that CSLF activities complement ongoing international cooperation in this area.
  • Consider approaches to address issues associated with the above functions.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Review all projects for consistency with the CSLF Charter.
  • Consider recommendations of the Technical Group for appropriate action.
  • Annually review the overall program of the Policy and Technical Groups and each of their activities.
  • Periodically review the Terms of Reference and Procedures.

CSLF Policy Group Activities

At the CSLF Ministerial Meeting in November 2013 in Washington, D.C., the CSLF Ministers charged the Policy Group to establish an exploratory committee to discuss policy issues concerning actions where international collaboration can globally advance carbon capture and storage (CCS). After numerous discussions, the exploratory committee recommended four topics of interest for the Policy Group to pursue: enhanced communications, global collaboration on large-scale CCS projects, financing for CCS projects, and supporting development of 2nd and 3rd generation CCS technologies. Working committees for each of these four areas were established, and over the past two years each committee developed and is implementing a work plan around each major action.


Lead: Saudi Arabia, with support from the International Energy Agency and the Global CCS Institute

Since the CSLF is the only ministerial body focused solely on CCS, it is well-positioned to communicate with Ministers. Messages should include timely topics (e.g. induced seismicity), be harmonized and closely coordinated with other organizations such as the International Energy Agency and the Global CCS Institute, and be more frequent than the CSLF Ministerial Meetings held every two years. Thus, the CSLF has investigated and proceeded to communicate key CCS messages directly in a number of other Ministerial-level meetings, such as the Clean Energy Ministerial and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Key messages have included the need for CCS to be viewed on a "level playing field," for CCS to receive "policy parity," and that CCS will be needed in non-power sector applications such as the cement and steel industries. To help prepare a communications strategy to distribute key CCS messages, the CSLF has recently engaged a communications expert, and continues to coordinate with the IEA and the Global CCS Institute.

Large-Scale CCS Projects
Leads: China and the United States

The CSLF is well-positioned to facilitate global collaboration efforts for large- scale CCS projects, whether as new greenfield projects or by adding additional functionality and value to existing or planned commercial projects. Furthermore, as many of the recently deployed large-scale CCS projects are focused on storage via enhanced oil recovery (EOR), the needs of large saline formation storage has remained underserved. To facilitate these efforts, the CSLF formed the Large-Scale Saline Storage Project Network. This Network serves two purposes: 1) to facilitate collaborative testing of advanced technologies at large- scale saline storage sites, and 2) to form a global network of large-scale injection sites that can share best practices, operational experience, and key learnings. As a first step in this effort, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Shell Quest project have collaborated over the past year on identifying opportunities to field test advanced technologies funded through DOE at the Shell Quest CCS Project in Alberta, Canada.

Financing CCS

Lead: France

The Financing for CCS Projects committee has hosted a series of workshops and discussions on the business case for CCS, including discussions of what business-to-business connections and government-to-government actions the CSLF should facilitate. These workshops have demonstrated that there is growing interest in CCS, but that government assistance is still essential. These workshops also concluded that lessons learned from existing projects have important impact and that stable government systems and supporting CCS policy, legal and regulatory frameworks are requisite for projects to succeed. Another important outcome from the workshops has been increased dialogue between the CCS community and financial institutions, resulting in increased understanding of the issues and risks associated with financing CCS projects. Outcomes and recommendations from these workshops were captured and disseminated to maximize value.

2nd and 3rd Generation CCS Technologies

Leads: Canada and Norway

At the 5th CSLF Ministerial Meeting in 2013, it was determined that efforts should be taken to better understand the role and enabling mechanisms of 2nd and 3rd generation technologies for achieving widespread CCS deployment. This was considered as a priority for action as the cost of CCS is a significant barrier to its widespread deployment, with carbon capture accounting for the majority of this cost. To that end, a joint Policy Group-Technical Group Task Force co-chaired by Canada and Norway was formed, which identified emerging technologies for carbon capture and testing facilities through a technical literature review, and assessed policy and funding mechanisms through interviews with CCS stakeholders. A set of recommendations for Ministerial consideration have been put forth based on the Task Force’s analysis. The recommendations call for the CSLF to continue to enhance collective efforts among governments, technology developers and adopters, and academia / researchers by enhancing networks, sharing best practices, and fostering research cooperation and exchanges. Complementing this work, a proposal for a CSLF website on these technologies was also discussed to help facilitate opportunities for evaluation and testing of emerging technology leaders as a means to accelerate their commercial adoption.

In addition to the four new areas of work mentioned above, the CSLF Policy Group manages and executes efforts under the CSLF Capacity Building Program, which was approved by the Policy Group and endorsed by Ministers at the 3rd CSLF Ministerial Meeting in 2009, and the CCS in the Academic Community Task Force, which was created in 2009 at the CSLF Policy Group Meeting in San Francisco, and again approved and endorsed by Ministers at the 6th CSLF Ministerial Meeting in 2015.

CSLF Capacity Building Program

Lead: Task Force (Saudi Arabia), Governing Council (Norway)

The CSLF Capacity Building Program strives to assist all CSLF Members to develop the information, tools, skills, expertise, and institutions required to implement CCS demonstrations and then move rapidly into commercial operation. The Program Plan further defines four program initiatives:

    • Disseminate practical information

    • Build capacity in emerging economies

    • Assist government and regulatory agencies

    • Build academic and research institutions for CCS

Each of the capacity building projects undertaken by the CSLF addresses one or more of these program initiatives. To date, a total of sixteen capacity building projects in six countries have been approved and either have been, or will be conducted. While projects may be held in a specific country, workshops and other events are open to participants from all CSLF Members. In August 2015, the CSLF sent a new request for additional project proposals for funding under the CSLF Capacity Building Program, and CSLF emerging economy members are encouraged to submit proposals.

CSLF Academic Taskforce

Leads: Mexico and the United States

The CSLF Academic Community Task Force was formed in June 2009 with the mission to identify and engage academic programs on CCS throughout the world. Accomplishments included a worldwide mapping and gap analysis of CCS post-graduate academic courses. At the 2015 CSLF Mid-Year Meeting, the Task Force was re-established with a new organizational structure and focus to advance CSLF objectives via academic CCS research programs, international collaborations, research exchanges, networks and summer schools. With more proactive engagement among the CCS academic community, the CSLF can facilitate and align international research collaborations with priority areas and leverage funding opportunities that advance the CSLF’s mission. The CSLF Academic Task Force has agreed to:

    • Conduct an initial baseline survey of current CCS academic research and training programs and academic champions among Task Force members;

    • Assess funding commitments and mechanisms;

    • Determine opportunities to leverage resources from programs such as the CSLF Capacity Building Program; and

    • Assess resources need to strengthen and catalyze Academic Task Force activities.