CCSA Webinar “CCUS reflections from COP26 and international CCUS developments”, 18 January 2022

“CCUS reflections from COP26 and international CCUS developments” – Tuesday 18th January 14.00 – 15.00 GMT.

The webinar recording can be found here, and the slides are available below.

COP26 took place on the 1st – 13th November with a high profile for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), particularly on the necessity of industrial CCUS and negative emissions technologies to achieve global climate goals. The conference was considered a global success, with agreement on Article 6 as the main outcome. This sets out the principles to underpin a global carbon market, which remains technology neutral – sending a strong signal to all countries regarding the applicability of CCUS.

In addition, the political agreement to “phase down unabated coal” provides a clear invitation to countries to look at the opportunity to use CCUS and negative emissions technologies in their revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which will need to be updated during 2022 and resubmitted to the next leaders’ summit in 2023.

Looking at CCUS developments more widely, many countries are now moving from development into deployment stage. However, the scale-up of CCUS around the world will need to increase by several orders of magnitude over the next decade to ensure we remain within the 1.5° limit.

The webinar provided an opportunity to hear from a number of organisations that attended COP26, their reflections on CCUS at COP and wider international CCUS developments.

Speakers included:

  • Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive, CCSA – Chair and introductory remarks:

Ruth joined the CCSA in October 2021, following a public sector career spanning almost two decades. She previously held the role of Director of Strategy & Development at the Low Carbon Contracts Company. Ruth attended both weeks of COP26 and will give her reflections on the CCUS discussions that took place, the impact of Article 6 and next steps for CCUS deployment.

  • Tim Dixon, Director and General Manager, IEAGHG – Key messages for CCUS from COP26:

Tim Dixon is the head of IEAGHG, appointed as General Manager in June 2019. IEAGHG is an international research organisation focussed on the development and deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). Tim will consider COP26 and its implications for CCS/CCUS, pulling out a number of key messages and conclusions.

  • Guloren Turan, General Manager Advocacy & Communications, GCCSI – COP26, Is the glass half-full?:

Guloren Turan is the General Manager Advocacy & Communications at the Global CCS Institute (GCCSI). The GCCSI is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. Guloren will give her thoughts on COP26; its successes and challenges as well as looking forward to the actions needed to make COP 27 in 2022 a success.

Following the presentations, Ruth chaired a Q&A session.

The webinar recording can be found here, and the slides are available below.