The Global CCS Institute works to accelerate the development and deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. The organisation has achieved a lot in the nine years since it was formed.

Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, the international member-led organisation has offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Beijing and Tokyo. The Institute counts 76 members including the Governments of the UK, US, Canada, Australia, China and Japan, as well as companies including Shell, ExxonMobil, BHP and Toshiba.

Its team includes geologists, scientists, engineers, economists, policy analysts, climate change experts, business developers, advocates and communicators, who provide expertise across the entire CCS spectrum.

Last November, the Institute published its annual Global Status of CCS Report which documents the progress of CCS technologies around the world. In the publication, the organisation reveals there are 17 large-scale CCS facilities operating globally with a further four expected to come on stream in the next year. 

These 21 facilities have a carbon dioxide (CO2) capture capacity of 37 million tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of eight million cars being removed from the road each year. To date, more than 220 million tonnes of man-made CO2 has been safely and permanently injected deep underground.

The report also warns that the world is way off track in meeting the Paris Agreement climate goals and is unlikely to meet them without a widespread deployment of CCS technology.

In the last year, the Global CCS Institute stepped up its advocacy and communication efforts to raise awareness of the vital role of CCS as a climate change mitigator. gasworld spoke exclusively with John Scowcroft, the Institute’s Executive Adviser, in Brussels to find out more about the organisation and its work.

John Scowcroft, Global CCS Institute, CO2 Summit

John Scowcroft speaking at gasworld’s 2017 CO2 Summit

“In the last year, we have reorganised our operating model. We continue to have regional offices but we are now taking a more global approach to our work. We have three General Managers – Business Development, Client Engagement and Commercial and Advocacy – who operate globally with staff across different regional offices,” explained John Scowcroft. “Last year, we also had an important consultation with our members. They stressed the importance of advocacy. As a member-led organisation, the Institute has made this a priority and our work has paid off.”

The Institute has been busy over the last 12 months spreading the CCS word. “Most recently we went to the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 which was held in Bonn, Germany. There, we spoke at several side-events and we were also invited by the UK government to have our Community Engagement Specialist at their stand to showcase educational activities on CCS. We also launched the Global Status of CCS report at COP23. In addition to this, the Institute also hosted a series of regional CCS forums in Rotterdam, Tokyo and Melbourne. At these events, the Institute gathers representatives from industries, ENGOs, journalists and government to discuss the latest CCS developments and insights. Finally, our CEO is also actively engaged in different global fora including the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF). He is also taking part in the UK CCUS Council led by the UK Minister for Energy and Clean Growth.” 

“We have our members but there are also other key stakeholders who are important to us and our work. We’re reaching out to them and trying to get outside the CCS bubble. With our advocacy and communication efforts, we’re building a compelling case for CCS as an essential technology to tackle climate change and a catalyst for the new energy economy,” Scowcroft highlighted.

Looking ahead, Scowcroft said the Institute will continue to work to keep momentum on CCS and continue to debunk the myths and misconceptions about the technology.