Event Date and Location: 
December 3–7, 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) held its 7th Ministerial Meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on December 3–7, 2017. The highlight of the meeting was the Ministerial Conference on December 6, which was focused on advancing the business case for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). Ministers and designates who attended the conference identified key actions needed to accelerate the large-scale deployment of CCUS. These included the following:

  • Working together to ensure that CCUS is broadly accepted and supported as part of the suite of clean energy technologies, along with other low-emission energy solutions.
  • Leveraging the success of operational CCUS projects worldwide while emphasizing the urgency of developing and executing new CCUS projects in the future.
  • Encouraging the development of regional strategies that strengthen the business case for CCUS and accelerate its deployment.
  • Exploring new utilization concepts beyond carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery (EOR) that have the potential to add commercial value.
  • Supporting collaborative research and development (R&D) on innovative, next-generation CCUS technologies with broad application to both the power and industrial sectors.
  • Expanding stakeholder engagement and strengthening links with other global clean energy efforts to increase public awareness of the role of CCUS and build momentum.
  • Increasing global shared learnings on CCUS by disseminating best practices and lessons learned from CCUS projects and strengthening coordination on R&D efforts globally.
  • Continuing to engage the public on CCUS and looking for ways to communicate effectively.

Ministers and Heads of Delegation of the CSLF member countries were greatly encouraged by the progress made in the research, development, demonstration, and global deployment of CCUS. However, it was recognized that challenges and barriers to wide-scale deployment remain, and the public and private sectors must do more to advance CCUS technologies from the laboratory, to demonstration, and ultimately to the commercial marketplace. To that end, Ministers and Heads of Delegation agreed that they must build upon current successes and continue to expand the global CCUS portfolio through ongoing leadership and commitment, and continue to work together to drive down the costs of deploying CCUS and accelerate global deployment by identifying new commercial models for deployment and develop the next generation of CCUS technology.

Other key results from the meeting included the following:

  • The 2017 CSLF Technology Roadmap was launched;
  • The results from a series of regional stakeholder surveys were documented and summarized for Ministers;
  • One new collaborative project was recognized; and
  • A new technical task force was created on hydrogen with carbon capture and storage as a means of decarbonizing industry.

Communiqués from the Ministerial Meeting

Meeting Documents and Presentations

PIRT Meeting (December 3)

Technical Group Meeting (December 4)

Policy Group Meeting (December 5)

Ministerial Conference (December 6)

  • Scene-Setting Presentations
  • Key CSLF Perspectives
  • Panel Session 1: National and International Policies to Build Business Cases for CCUS
    • CCUS Opportunities in the United States (presentation not yet available)
      Steven Winberg, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, United States
    • The Future of CCUS in the United Arab Emirates
      H.E. Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, United Arab Emirates
    • CO2 Utilization as a Market Enabler (presentation not yet available)
      Ahmad Al Khowaiter, Chief Technology Officer, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
    • CCUS in the United Kingdom’s Clean Growth Strategy
      Ashley Ibbett, Director of Clean Electricity, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom
  • Panel Session 2: CCUS Project Showcase – Regional Highlights
    • Middle East – Al Reyadah Project in the United Arab Emirates (presentation not yet available)
      Arafat Al Yafei, CEO, Al Reyadah, United Arab Emirates
    • Asia – Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project in Japan
      Jiro Tanaka, Associate General Manager, International Relations Dept., Japan CCS Co., Ltd., Japan
    • Europe – Industrial CCS Projects in Norway (presentation not yet available)
      Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, State Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Norway
  • Panel Session 3: CCUS Infrastructure Development

Documents Book for 7th CSLF Ministerial Meeting

7th CSLF Ministerial Meeting Documents Book (6.4 MB pdf)

Meeting Documents Book cover page

Ministerial Conference Briefing Documents (6.0 MB pdf)