International Engagement

Australia is an active member of key multilateral forums for advancing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies:

Global CCS Institute

The Global CCS Institute was established by the Australian Government in 2009. Its mandate is to help address the barriers to the commercial deployment of CCS through fact-based advocacy and knowledge-sharing activities. The Institute shares lessons learnt from CCS projects around the world to enhance understanding of the technical, economic, financial, commercial and engagement issues facing CCS. It has developed a diverse global membership representing project proponents, policymakers, researchers and many others with an interest in the successful deployment of CCS. This includes it working closely with Australian industry, government and research institutions to share knowledge related to Australian projects.

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum

Australia has been an active member of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) since its establishment in 2003. The CSLF is an international, ministerial-level initiative focused on collaborative efforts to address the key technical, economic and environmental barriers to the global deployment of CCS.

The CSLF currently comprises 25 members, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, the European Commission, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

International Energy Agency

The International Energy Agency (IEA) acts as an energy policy advisor for its 28 member countries in their efforts to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for their citizens. The IEA conducts a broad program of energy research and data compilation and publishes information on energy policies and practices. Australia has been a member of the IEA since 1979.

The IEA has a significant CCS work program that includes a dedicated CCS team within the IEA, and affiliated programs including the IEA Working Party on Fossil Fuels, the IEA Greenhouse Gas Research and Development Program and the IEA Clean Coal Centre.

Bilateral partnerships

In addition to its multilateral action, Australia works with key bilateral partners to advance the development and deployment of CCS. Australia's key bilateral partners include Canada, China, the European Commission, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. Australia engages with these partners through technology and research and development partnerships and high-level policy dialogue.

Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology

The Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology (JCG) was established in 2007 to facilitate the mutually beneficial development, application and transfer of low-emissions coal technology. It is funded by an Australian Government commitment of $20 million. Under the JCG the Department works closely with China's National Energy Administration to progress a range of low-emissions coal projects from bench-scale research and development to industrial-scale CCS.

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