About Australia's international carbon capture and storage engagement
Australia is an active member of key multilateral forums for advancing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies:
Global CCS Institute
The Global CCS Institute was established by the Australian Government in 2009. Its mandate is to help address the barriers to the commercial deployment of CCS through fact-based advocacy and knowledge-sharing activities. The Institute shares lessons learnt from CCS projects around the world to enhance understanding of the technical, economic, financial, commercial and engagement issues facing CCS. It has developed a diverse global membership representing project proponents, policymakers, researchers and many others with an interest in the successful deployment of CCS, and is supported by $270 million in funding from the Australian Government.
Carbon Capture Use and Storage Action Group
Australia and the United Kingdom established the Carbon Capture Use and Storage (CCUS) Action Group to drive high level momentum on CCS through the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) initiative. The Action Group brings together governments, institutions and industry to facilitate political leadership and provide recommendations to the CEM on concrete, near-term actions to accelerate the global deployment of CCS.
Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
Australia has been an active member of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) since its establishment in 2003. The CSLF is an international, ministerial-level initiative focused on collaborative efforts to address the key technical, economic and environmental barriers to the global deployment of CCS.
The CSLF currently comprises 25 members, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, the European Commission, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Australia hosted the most recent CSLF Annual Meeting in Perth in October 2012. The 5th CSLF Ministerial meeting will be hosted by the United States in November 2013.
International Energy Agency
The International Energy Agency (IEA) acts as an energy policy advisor for its 28 member countries in their efforts to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for their citizens. The IEA conducts a broad program of energy research and data compilation and publishes information on energy policies and practices. Australia has been a member of the IEA since 1979.
The IEA has a significant CCS work program that includes a dedicated CCS team within the IEA, and affiliated programs including the IEA Working Party on Fossil Fuels, the IEA Greenhouse Gas Research and Development Program and the IEA Clean Coal Centre.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
Under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Working Group the department has been participating in the work of the Expert Group on Clean Fossil Energy.
In addition to its multilateral action, Australia works with key bilateral partners to advance the development and deployment of CCS. Australia's key bilateral partners include Canada, China, the European Commission, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. Australia engages with these partners through technology and research and development partnerships and high-level policy dialogue.
Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology
The Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology (JCG) was established in 2007 to facilitate the mutually beneficial development, application and transfer of low-emissions coal technology. It is funded by an Australian Government commitment of $20 million. Under the JCG the Department works closely with China's National Energy Administration to progress a range of low-emissions coal projects from bench-scale research and development to industrial-scale CCS.