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The Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Action Group worked to create greater political momentum to advance the level of carbon capture and storage (CCS) deployment worldwide and close the gap between the current status of CCS and where it needs to be in order to effectively contribute to climate change mitigation. 

  • At the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5), the Action Group presented its CCUS Key Messages report to ministers. The report provided a high-level summary of the uppermost recommendations to facilitate global CCS deployment, reflecting key points covered by the seven Action Group recommendations tabled at the second Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM2).
  • At CEM5, the United Kingdom also announced a new project, jointly funded by the UK and Korea, to produce a guide for countries wishing to implement carbon dioxide (CO2) storage assessment methodologies. 
  • At the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4), the Action Group put forward a report developed by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Carbon Capture and Storage Association regarding the technology options and policy approaches available to CCUS Action Group member governments to support CCS in industrial applications. Read the report: Global Action to Advance Carbon Capture and Storage: A Focus on Industrial Applications.
  • The Norwegian and United Kingdom ministers reaffirmed their commitment to work through the CCUS Action Group to address global barriers to CCS deployment and feed key messaging on CCS to energy ministers.
  • The CCUS Action Group developed a set of key recommendations on concrete, near-term actions to accelerate the global deployment of CCS. Of the 13 government members in the CCUS Action Group, 12 endorsed the recommendations and have initiated actions to implement them with the support of industry members and CCS organizations.

  • Following the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3), the CCUS Action Group focused on three streams of work:
    • Supporting CCS in industrial applications
    • Identifying and enabling support for large-scale CCS in developing countries
    • Examining policies and mechanisms that can help address the CCS financing gap
  • At CEM3, the Action Group presented a report highlighting the progress governments had made against each of the recommendations.
  • The Action Group presented key messages on each of these three work streams to ministers at the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4).
  • A report developed by the Global CCS Institute continued the discussion on the funding mechanisms available to support the demonstration of CCS projects in developing countries and provided a template business case to help donor governments secure funding for CCS capacity development activities in developing countries.  
  • The government of the United Kingdom announced up to £60 million in new funding to support CSS demonstrations in developing countries.