1.1 Purpose

The Global CCS Institute was established as a key organisation with the responsibility of accelerating the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. In so doing it would work with other leading organisations to achieve the Group of Eight (G8) objective of launching 20 large-scale CCS demonstration projects by 2010 with a view to beginning broad deployment of CCS by 2020.

In order to achieve this goal, the Global CCS Institute commissioned a survey on the current global status of CCS projects as at March 2009. The scope of this study was to develop a report detailing:

  • the most comprehensive status of global CCS projects (across the three key elements of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technologies, transport and storage options);
  • the most contemporary status of CCS project activities including those that were cancelled, delayed, planned or active; and
  • the categorisation of projects across key regions.

A consistent and transparent set of metrics was required to enable comparisons between projects and across a range of large stationary emission sources.

The Global CCS Institute database contains 499 CCS activities. The authors understand that this is the most comprehensive and contemporary listing of CCS activities and projects collected to date. The information provided in the database is categorised according to key parameters of project facility, region, capture, transport and storage technologies, scale, asset lifecycle and status.