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Global CCS Institute Members' Meeting in Melbourne - what to expect

In less than a month, the Global CCS Institute will host its sixth Members’ Meeting alongside its second Annual General Meeting in Melbourne, Australia. I will be serving as Chair of the Meeting, and would like to take this opportunity to run through what Members can expect.

Overview of the Melbourne program

The Members' Meeting will commence with an address by the Australian Minister for Resources and Energy, the Hon Martin Ferguson, MP. Melbourne will be the first meeting for recently started CEO Brad Page, who will deliver a keynote address subsequent to the Minister.

Why Melbourne?

Melbourne, the capital city for the state of Victoria, is ideal as host location, given the attractiveness of the city and the great venues available. The Global CCS Institute was an initiative of the Australian Government, supported strongly by the Australian CCS community, and I would also note the State Government of Victoria has been a strong supporter of the Institute’s work. There are a number of projects in Victoria at various stages of development which are contributing towards making CCS a technical and commercial reality. Victoria also hosts Australia’s only existing carbon storage project, the CO2CRC Otway Project.

What’s on the agenda?

An important focus of the meeting will be the release of the Institute’s Global Status of CCS: 2011 report. This will provide participants with a comprehensive update and assessment on where we are globally on CCS. It will provide the most comprehensive stocktake available on the status of large-scale integrated CCS projects. It will also provide updates on developments and issues related to technical, legal and regulatory, financial and commercial and capacity building aspects of CCS.

The importance of public engagement will be emphasised with a keynote address and an interactive panel session. Other panel sessions will centre on the key findings and lessons from the Status Report as well as a panel session on projects, where discussion can take place not only on those projects going forward, but also those that have been put on hold or cancelled. The focus will be on the importance of sharing information in a face-to-face setting, as highlighted by Sean McClowry and Angus Henderson in recent posts.

Members will receive an update on the Gorgon project in Australia, which is under construction and when it comes in to operation will be the largest carbon storage project in the world. There will also be speakers from the United States, Europe, Canada, China, Japan and Mexico which will deal with projects and developments in those countries and regions.

The Global CCS Institute has a number of Strategic Partners, one of the most active being the International Energy Agency (IEA). Members will receive an update on the work of the IEA, focusing on the their recent work on incentive policies for CCS.

Over coming weeks, we will be posting more information on the Melbourne Members' Meeting for the benefit of both Members and the broader CCS community. Highlights will include program and presenter details, as well as meeting presentations, posted after the fact. The agenda is available here.

Members can also expect a full and interesting program covering all aspects of CCS, with a range of keynote speakers from around the world. There will be a number of smaller, interactive panel discussions focusing on specific aspects of the CCS value chain. We believe the program will provide Members with an opportunity not only to mix with the international CCS community and catch up on global developments, but importantly to engage with the Institute’s Board and staff on how we can continue to deliver value for Members and the global CCS community.

Whether you are attending or not you can keep up-to-date will all of the content through the Members' Meeting event page.

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