Event Date and Location: 
November 1–5, 2015, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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The CSLF held its 6th Ministerial Meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 1–5, 2015. The highlight of the meeting was the Ministerial Conference on November 4th which was focused on moving beyond the first wave of CCS demonstration projects. The Ministers and their designates who attended the Conference identified key actions needed to accelerate the large-scale deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). These included:

  • Asserting and advocating for clean energy policies that support CCS alongside other clean energy technologies, such as renewable energy and efficiency measures.
  • Continuing to foster international collaboration aimed at advancing development and deployment of large-scale projects that demonstrate CCS technologies and build government, investor, and public confidence in CCS.
  • Committing to coordinated global efforts to deploy CCS projects and build technical and regulatory capacity around the world.
  • Creating opportunities and removing barriers for private sector investment in order to advance CCS and spark innovation.
  • Giving CCS fair consideration in clean energy policies and resource commitments, while also supporting development of comprehensive CCS policy frameworks.
  • Supporting industrial CCS applications as a pathway to implement substantial, scalable CCS pilot plants.
  • Encouraging early stage exploration and development of common user storage and transport infrastructure which can significantly de-risk many potential CCS projects.
  • Continuing to explore the potential of CO2 utilization technology to accelerate the deployment and technology maturation of carbon capture and mitigation.

Ministers recognized the success of the CSLF in providing governments with an international forum to collaborate and create shared commitment for CCS R&D, demonstration, and deployment. These included initiatives to:

  • Lead global collaborations on pilot scale capture testing and large scale injections in deep saline geological formations;
  • Share information internationally on important CCS projects, policy initiatives, and legal and regulatory developments in member countries;
  • Build the capacity for CCS in the developing country CSLF Members;
  • Explore methods for financing CCS projects, including in developing countries; and
  • Develop global roadmaps for research, development, demonstration, and deployment of CCS technologies.

Ministers also recognized the importance of continued stakeholder involvement in the CSLF and commended the CSLF’s capacity building initiative for successfully supporting 14 projects in five developing nations. The CSLF was tasked to:

  • Establish a global CCS project network to facilitate the sharing of lessons learned from early CCS projects now being deployed;
  • Explore opportunities to collaborate on research, development, and demonstration projects advancing CCS combined with fresh water co-production;
  • Promote appropriate recognition of and crediting for bioenergy plus CCS (BECCS) and enhanced oil recovery plus CCS (CO2-EOR) in regional, national and multinational CO2 accounting mechanisms; and
  • Expanding outreach to the academic community to engage the next generation of CCS scientists, engineers, and policy makers.

Other key results from the Meeting included:

  • Addition of Romania and Serbia as new CSLF Members;
  • Creation of a new Large-Scale Saline Storage Project Network, for sharing of information about these kinds of CCS projects.
  • Recognition of five new collaborative projects; and
  • Creation of three new technical task forces on Offshore CO2-EOR, Improved Pore Space Utilization, and Bio-energy with CCS.

Communiqués from the Ministerial Meeting

Meeting Documents and Presentations

PIRT Meeting (Nov. 1)

Technical Group Meeting (Nov. 2)

Policy Group Meeting (Nov. 3)

Ministerial Conference (Nov. 4)

Documents Book for 6th CSLF Ministerial Meeting

6th CSLF Ministerial Meeting Documents Book


Ministerial Conference Briefing Documents