Independent research partnership SCCS has relaunched a key resource for anyone with an interest in carbon capture and storage (CCS), in the shape of its Global CCS Map.

According to SCCS, it can be tricky to negotiate the ever-changing landscape of carbon capture and storage (CCS) as projects move to construction, wrap-up research programmes or even change their names.

The interactive ‘world of CCS’ that SCCS’ map offers has been extensively updated while retaining most of its original useful features.

These include information on over 200 CCS projects, ranging from small to large-scale and across the CCS chain, display buttons allowing the user to ‘filter’ information in the viewing window, at-a-glance information including the project’s current status, and a deeper level of information that provides project data, useful links and news updates.

The Global CCS Map seeks to provide an accurate and trustworthy source of information on projects that support the development of the full CCS chain, so facilities capturing CO2 for more traditional uses – such as for the food and drink industry – are generally not included. Projects that have been cancelled several years ago with little likelihood of revival have also been ‘weeded out’, although those of historical interest have been retained.

“…the end-user will be the final judge, so we’d really like to know if people find the map a useful and easy-to-use resource”

Dr Peter Brownsort, SCCS Scientific Research Officer, said, “After extensive research, verification and updating, our interactive map is one of the most up-to-date sources of information on CCS projects worldwide. Where possible, the data has been checked at a number of sources and project locations have been pinned down. Where we cannot find any reliable data we make this clear, and we also encourage project operators to come to us with information to add.”

“As far as possible we are free from any regional bias, with a consistent depth of project coverage across continents. However, the end-user will be the final judge, so we’d really like to know if people find the map a useful and easy-to-use resource.”