Carbon capture and storage achievements highlighted

The 2012 National Carbon Capture and Storage Week will highlight major developments supporting the commercialisation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. CCS is recognised globally as a technology with the potential to significantly reduce global carbon dioxide emissions.

The second ‘National CCS Week’ will be held October 21 to 26, 2012, with initial events in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.

Australian and international experts will meet at the Perth conference to present on global achievements and discuss work to be done to further speed-up progress.

The Federal Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson will be among the speakers at the conference, and will address an audience of key policymakers, researchers, engineers, economists, environmental NGOs, community leaders and investors.

Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) chief executive and chair of the conference organising committee Dr Richard Aldous said Australia was playing a leading role in advancing CCS technology.

“Australian progress on CCS, such as the Otway Project, the CarbonNet Project, the South West Hub Project and the Gorgon Project, which incorporates one of the largest and most advanced carbon dioxide storage projects in the world, are making a significant contribution to global knowledge of CCS,” Dr Aldous said.

The National CCS Week and Conference has been organised by the Australian Government Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, the Victorian Government Department of Primary Industries, the Global CCS Institute, CSIRO, CO2CRC, Australian Coal Association, Minerals Council of Australia, Brown Coal Innovation Australia and ANLEC R&D.

The National CCS Conference will be immediately followed by a meeting of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) policy and technical groups, also in Perth, a Ministerial-level initiative.