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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.

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The CSLF is currently comprised of 25 members, including 24 countries and the European Commission. CSLF member countries represent over 3.5 billion people on six continents, or approximately 60% of the world's population. Collectively, CSLF member countries comprise 80% of the world’s total anthropogenic CO2 emissions.

Sixteen of the twenty Mission Innovation countries are already CSLF members: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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 (RD&D) activities in CO2 capture and storage technologies.

Additionally, the CSLF is working to facilitate international research collaborations in priority areas and to leverage funding opportunities that advance the CSLF mission through proactive engagement among the CCS academic community. The academic community plays a vital role to advance CCS technologies through research, development, and demonstration (RD&D), as well as through policy guidance and a wide range of educational programs that support development of the next generation of scientists, engineers and policymakers.

CSLF Goals

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
  • 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.

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The CSLF Charter, signed in June 2003, organized the CSLF by creating a Policy Group, which governs the overall framework and policies of the CSLF; a Technical Group, which reviews the progress of collaborative projects and makes recommendations to the Policy Group on any needed actions; and an administrative Secretariat, which organizes CSLF meetings, coordinates communications among CSLF Members, and acts as a clearinghouse of information.

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