Top national and international researchers in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies are converging on Torquay, Australia today and tomorrow to present significant new findings from their work.

A raft of ‘promising early career researchers’ will also be present at the 2014 CO2CRC Research Symposium.

The annual event features researchers from academia and other research bodies, government and industry, representing Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and North and South America.

This year it comes on the eve of the next five-year research programme for CO2CRC (the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies); beginning in January 2015, the new programme will focus largely on storage – with a smaller capture component – and seeks to drive down costs.

Funding is assured to 2020, with Commonwealth and state governments and industry having committed more than $45m as research operating expenditure. The Commonwealth is providing an additional $51.6m for research infrastructure, and research partners have offered $19.8m of in-kind support.

But there is much progress in existing research to be shared, and that is exactly what this week’s event in Australia is recognising.

“The annual CCS Symposium is a productive knowledge sharing event,” said Dr. Richard Aldous, CEO of CO2CRC. “This year, we also celebrate the achievements of the many researchers whose work has moved CCS technologies forward in Australia and, indeed, the world.”

“Over the past 10 years, CO2CRC has overseen an ambitious research programme and we are proud of the outcomes.”

The symposium will also market a transition in leadership for CO2CRC, with Dr. Aldous retiring and, in addition, the first official duty of new CO2CRC Baord Chair Martin Ferguson.

“This year’s Symposium signals a new beginning, as well as the completion of a full programme of research,” said Dr. Aldous.

“It will be a critical time for CCS, with international leaders and key bodies, such as the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency, recognising that the technology is essential if the world is to achieve its carbon reduction targets.”