Strategic Partnerships

In 2009–10 the Institute collaborated with, or provided funding to, a number of global organisations with established expertise to address barriers facing CCS. These partnerships have allowed the Institute to create immediate impact in its formative stages, and are part of a process to establish a more coordinated approach amongst the international community to the development and adoption of CCS worldwide.

The Institute aims to build its internal capacity but still wishes to gain value from effective collaboration with others that have a similar set of objectives. It will therefore continue to utilise Strategic Partnerships with other international bodies or regional experts working to help deliver on its objectives.

These Strategic Partners include:

  • Asian Development Bank;
  • Bellona Foundation;
  • Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum;
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation;
  • International Energy Agency;
  • International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme;
  • International Energy Forum;
  • The Climate Group;
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organisation;
  • William J Clinton Foundation; and
  • World Bank.

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

The Institute provided AU$21.5 million to the ADB to establish a CCS Fund aimed at financing a range of project development activities in the Asia and Pacific region, with a focus on China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.

The ADB is an international development finance institution with a mission to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life. The ADB has well developed relationships with developing countries in the Asia Pacific Region and has expertise in the legal, economic and financial disciplines.

The ADB work program includes:

  • promotion of projects;
  • capacity development; and
  • storage investigations and studies.

Achievements

Two technical assistance projects have been funded to date:

People’s Republic of China: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Demonstration – Strategic Analysis and Capacity Strengthening.

The fund provided US$1.25 million of a US$1.55 million project to develop a comprehensive road map for CCS demonstration project(s), the establishment of essential enabling policies, and a legal and regulatory framework for CCS demonstration, the identification of priority demonstration projects and associated financing needs, and an assessment and development program for capacity in the region.

Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Demonstration in Developing Countries – Analysis of Key Policy Issues and Barriers.

The fund provided US$350,000 to deliver an analysis of intellectual property issues from the perspectives of developing countries, an identification of innovative and low-cost financing approaches, an examination of the appropriate classification of CCS to reduce trade barriers, and a formulation of recommendations on enabling policies for seeking private investment in CCS demonstration and deployment.

Bellona Foundation

The Institute has committed approximately AU$1.3 million to support the Bellona Foundation to deliver the Bellona Environmental CCS Team work program (BEST).

The Bellona Foundation is an international environmental NGO based in Norway. Bellona has become a recognised technology and solution-oriented organisation with offices in Oslo, Brussels, Washington DC, St Petersburg and Murmansk. The Bellona Foundation is a strong advocate of CCS having driven outcomes supporting CCS within the European Commission.

The BEST work program will include:

  • delivery of a comprehensive CCS advocacy program in selected countries;
  • roadmaps for CCS deployment in selected countries;
  • targeted research to address CCS knowledge gaps; and
  • facilitation of CCS deployment in Norway through stakeholder interaction.

Achievements

BEST has identified Hungary and Greece as the European Union member states with the greatest CCS potential, and has initiated advocacy work there with both government and industry. The program has also established databases and collection methodology on CO2 sources, and storage potential and is conducting a life-cycle analysis of European power production.

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF)

The Institute provided AU$1.2 million to support a collaborative program with the CSLF to deliver capacity building activities around the world.

The CSLF is a Ministerial-level international climate change initiative that is focused on collaborative efforts to develop improved cost-effective technologies for the separation and capture of carbon dioxide for its transport and long-term safe storage.

Achievements

The Institute has collaborated with the CSLF on a number of initiatives.

  • Bridging the Commercial Gap workshop in New York (September 2009). Hosted in partnership with the CSLF, the IEA and Coal Industry Advisory Board.
  • Commercial and Financial Structuring of Large Scale Projects with CCS workshop in Washington (April 2010).
  • Commercial and Financial Structuring of Large Scale Projects with CCS in London (January 2010).
  • Developing an International Definition of CCS Ready workshop in Ottawa (March 2010). A joint event with the CSLF and IEA workshop.

Commonwealth Scientific And Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

The Institute has committed AU$3.9 million to support the CSIRO to deliver a coordinated global scientific research program aimed at better informing its Members on the status of CCS public awareness and approaches, materials and efforts to better engage with impacted communities.

The CSIRO is Australia’s national science and industrial research agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.

The CSIRO work program includes the following activities:

  • utilising an established network of social research specialists to inform community engagement by both projects and governments, and to harness the wealth of information and expertise in this discipline;
  • developing case studies and tools to provide proponents with a sophisticated insight and analysis into their social landscapes; and
  • assisting projects to build healthy relationships with communities.

Achievements

  • A one day international communications conference for stakeholders (November 2009), hosted by the CSIRO, that attracted 98 international representatives from industry, government, non-government organisations, researchers, and communication practitioners.
  • Development of case studies on the social contexts of five CCS projects.
  • Arrangement to extend the European Commission (FENCO) work examining the impacts of CCS communications to the USA, Japan and Australia.

International Energy Agency (IEA)

The Institute provided approximately AU$15.77 million to the IEA to fund the establishment of a dedicated CCS unit aimed at utilising expertise on energy issues and markets to deconstruct the barriers to project deployment.

The IEA is an intergovernmental organisation which acts as energy policy advisor to 28 member countries in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for their citizens.

The IEA work program includes the following activities:

  • undertaking technological and economic analysis;
  • commencing regulatory and policy analysis and issuing recommendations;
  • providing tools to achieve public engagement and acceptance; and
  • active capacity building and outreach.

Achievements

  • Creation of a specialist CCS Unit including a leader, five analysts and the capacity to draw on other IEA resources.
  • Development of a comprehensive three year plan to develop and promote CCS.
  • Collaborative development of a report to the G8 meeting in Canada (June 2010) outlining the status of CCS globally and the technical, financial and regulatory support that is necessary to achieve desired levels of CCS adoption. This extensive study was developed through a coordination group that encompasses the IEA, the Institute, the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) and the Governments of the USA, UK and Canada.

Iea Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG)

The Institute has committed AU$2.5 million to the IEAGHG to undertake research activities to help progress the G8 recommendations.

The IEAGHG is an international collaborative research program established under the International Energy Agency (IEA) to evaluate technologies that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions derived from the use of fossil fuels.

The IEAGHG work program includes:

  • global storage resource gap analysis;
  • studies to assess the impacts of impurities on geological storage sites;
  • secretariat support for the IEAGHG Social Research Network; and
  • sponsorship of the IEAGHG’s Summer School, student mentoring program and GHGT conferences.

Achievements

  • Work has progressed on the Global Storage Resource Gap Analysis which will alert policymakers to the scale, cost and timing of the storage resource assessment tasks. This report is anticipated for release before the end of 2010.
  • IEAGHG Social Research Network: held in Paris, France (November 2009). Findings, conclusions and recommendations were then fed directly into an Institute led conference to help inform CCS project proponents.
  • IEAGHG Summer School: held in Australia (September 2009) and Norway (August 2010). Institute support provided students from diverse academic backgrounds with a broad understanding of the issues surrounding CCS and encouraged their active participation in this area.

International Energy Forum (IEF)

The IEF and the Institute jointly established a series of symposia on CCS designed to accelerate commercial deployment of CCS, particularly in oil and gas producing and consuming countries.

The IEF is the world’s largest gathering of Energy Ministers. Through the Forum and its associated events, IEF Ministers, their officials, energy industry executives, and other experts engage in a dialogue of increasing importance to global energy security.

Achievements

  • A symposium was hosted by the Energy Research Institute of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (ERI – NDRC) in Beijing, China (September 2009). Recommendations were presented to the 12th IEF meeting in Cancun (March 2010). The symposium called for greater cooperation across industry and governments.
  • A second symposium was supported by the government of Algeria in Algiers (June 2010). The symposium in particular called for inclusion of CCS in the CDM under the Kyoto Protocol or any post-Kyoto agreement.

The Climate Group

The Institute provided AU$3 million to The Climate Group to explore financing options for large-scale and first-of-a-kind CCS projects, and the role of public policy in improving confidence to financiers.

The Climate Group is a key NGO working to support government and business transition to a low-carbon economy future.

The Institute is working with The Climate Group to finalise a work program for this partnership.

United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)

The Institute provided approximately AU$300,000 to a Global Technology Roadmap for CCS in Industry. The Roadmap will focus on five industrial sectors which CCS can be applied to: high purity CO2 sources, cement, iron and steel, refineries and biomass-based CO2 sources.

UNIDO is a specialised agency of the United Nations. Its mandate is to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition, and work towards improving living conditions in the world’s poorest countries by drawing on its combined global resources and expertise.

Achievements

  • Two day sectoral workshop held in Abu Dhabi (30 June–1 July 2010).
  • Production of a final report of the workshop capturing key issues for the different sectors.
  • A second workshop to discuss the draft Roadmap in Amsterdam (September 2010).

William J. Clinton Foundation (CLINTON FOUNDATION)

The Institute provided AU$10 million to the Clinton Foundation to support the work being conducted through the Clinton Climate Initiative to accelerate key ‘Early Mover’ CCS projects around the world.

Established by former US President Clinton in 2001 the Clinton Foundation works to strengthen the capacity of governments and individuals to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies, and protect the environment.

The Clinton Foundation work program includes:

  • collaboration with ‘Early Mover’ CCS projects in the Netherlands and Australia to help overcome specific barriers;
  • identification of potential future CCS projects and work to accelerate the development of these; and
  • sharing ‘best practice’ and case studies from Early Mover projects that have been engaged.

Achievements

  • Scoping work has been conducted in Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Germany, UK, Netherlands, Poland and Australia to identify and select potential future CCS projects for engagement.
  • Studies undertaken for the Carbon Net project, Australia.
  • Collaboration on stakeholder activities, Netherlands.
  • Malaysian CCS scoping study due to be completed in November 2010.

World Bank

The Institute provided AU$2.4 million to the World Bank’s CCS Trust Fund to provide assistance to the deployment of CCS in developing countries.

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world, seeking to alleviate poverty and enable people to help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

The Trust Fund’s main objectives are to:

  • support strengthening capacity and knowledge sharing, to create opportunities for countries to explore their CCS potential, access carbon markets and realise benefits of domestic CCS technology development; and
  • facilitate inclusion of CCS options into low-carbon growth strategies and policies developed by national institutions and supported by bank interventions.

Achievements

  • 10 projects will likely be supported from the fund. Details regarding the recipients and terms of support for these projects will be announced in coming months.