CCS Policy Updates

A focused list of notable reports and analyses related to carbon capture & storage (CCS) policy.

This report by the Global CCS Institute details the recent milestones reached by individual carbon capture facilities, advances in technology, and the government policy challenges facing the industry. View report.

In this communiqué, issued at the 6th CSLF Ministerial Meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,  ministers underscore the importance of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to global climate change mitigation efforts. They note that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report acknowledges that without CCS the costs of climate change mitigation would increase by 138% and that without CCS, limiting the global rise in temperature to less than 2°C may not be possible. View communiqué

Prepared by the International Energy Agency's Greenhouse Gas Programme, this summary of the Special Issue of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage presents key messages gleaned from the 17 peer-reviewed papers included in the Special Issue. View summary.

Published in 2015, this special issue of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control contains 17 peer-reviewed papers covering areas in which significant progress on carbon capture and storage R&D has been made in the 10 years since the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage. View the special issue.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) Portal contains information about the INDC process and links to related resources, including countries' submitted INDCs. The Conference of the Parties invited all Parties to communicate to the secretariat their INDCs well in advance of COP 21 (by the first quarter of 2015 by those Parties ready to do so).  View portal.

Released in November 2014, this document provides policy recommendations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) regarding how carbon capture and storage (CCS) and CCS for enhanced oil recovery should be treated in a Post-Kyoto Protocol Agreement. View document.

This report distills and integrates the findings of the three Working Group contributions to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), providing an integrated view of climate change. It addresses observed changes and their causes; future climate change, risks and impacts; future pathways for adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development; and adaptation and mitigation. The report illustrates that many mitigation scenario models cannot reach concentrations of about 450 ppm CO2-equivalent by 2100 in the absence of carbon capture and storage. View report

This 2012 report by the Global CCS Institute provides a global update to the status of carbon capture and storage ready (CCSR) policy adoption and implementation. It highlights the actions of governments to implement CCSR approaches and explores the underlying rationale and related policy agendas. View report.

This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report describes sources, capture, transport, and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2), and it discusses the costs, economic potential, and societal issues of the technology, including public perception and regulatory aspects. This report shows that the potential of CO2 capture and storage is considerable, and the costs for mitigating climate change can be decreased compared to strategies where only other climate change mitigation options are considered. View report.

CCS Technology Updates

A focused list of notable reports and analyses related to carbon capture & storage (CCS) technology.

The Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Institute maintains databases that provide information about large-scale CCS projects in operation, under construction, or in planning; pilot and demonstration projects in operation, under construction, or in planning; test centers and other initiatives; and CO2 utilization projects worldwide. Access the databases.

This report reviews progress in 10 technology needs areas that are vital for successful commercial implementation of large-scale carbon capture and stroage projects. It finds that overall, except for a very few niche industrial sector applications, ‘slow-to-moderate’ progress has been made in nearly all 10 areas, mainly because of policy and economic barriers that currently exist. The technical readiness of these technologies were perceived, in general, as ready for large-scale commercial deployment. View report

Prepared by the National Energy Technology Laboratory, this atlas provides a coordinated update of carbon capture and storage potential across the United States and other portions of North America. View atlas.

This 2015 essay by Third Way asserts that commercial development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) offers a chance to decarbonize fossil fuels that will remain in global use for decades, ensure a reliable electric grid in the face of tightening environmental standards, and lead fossil-reliant communities to a thriving future amidst rapidly changing energy markets. It also calls for increased U.S. federal government involvement to help the private sector develop and commercialize CCS. View essay

Modeling conducted in 2014 by the Zero Emissions Platform to identify the lowest-cost investments to meet Europe's expected electricity demand show that the wide and progressive use of lignite, coal, gas and biomass with carbon capture and storage between 2030 and 2050 – combined with hydro, wind and solar – is the lowest-cost route to reducing emissions from electricity generation, driven by the European Union's emssions trading platform. View report.  

This 2013 International Energy Agency presentation summarizes the comprehensive role of carbon capture and utilization (CCU) in a Chinese context. It identifyies key challenges of CCU development and provides policy recommendations for advancing CCU in China. View the presentation.

This 2013 International Energy Agency technology roadmap aims at assisting governments and industry in integrating carbon capture and storage (CCS) in their emissions reduction strategies and in creating the conditions for scaled-up deployment of all three components of the CCS chain: CO2 capture, transport and storage. The roadmap highlights seven key actions needed in the next seven years to create a solid foundation for deployment of CCS starting by 2020. View roadmap.

This roadmap describes possible routes to future CO2 capture, transport, and storage needs. The Roadmap indicates areas in which the CSLF can add value through international collaborative effort. View roadmap.

This 2011 International Energy Agency technology roadmap provides a vision of carbon capture and storage in industrial applications up to 2050. View roadmap.

This 2008 World Resources Institute report provides guidelines and recommendations for the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies in the United States, to ensure that CCS projects are conducted safely and effectively. They are intended to guide full-scale demonstration of, and build public confidence in, CCS technologies by informing how projects should be conducted. View report.

This 2008 report by the International Energy Agency looks at the factors governing the best assurance of safe and secure geologic storage. It includes a list of questions to ask about proposed projects to ensure that they are being conducted properly. View report.

Developed following a joint workshop organized by the International Energy Agency and the CSLF, this 2007 report examines the legal issues affecting the storage of CO2 as a greenhouse gas mitigation strategy and makes recommendations for further legal work on CO2 storage. View report.