6. Future activities

This analysis on the global status of CCS projects is a first step in an ongoing process of data collection, analysis and reporting. The status of CCS projects is dynamic and in a constant state of flux. Going forward, the Global CCS Institute has a key role to play in updating the entries into the database to ensure its currency. Through this, the Global CCS Institute can play a critical role in disseminating information on CCS projects, outlining key learnings on overcoming deployment challenges, and identifying pitfalls to avoid.

This analysis has also identified a number of active or planned, commercial scale, integrated CCS projects. The Global CCS Institute should engage with the project proponents to ascertain the nature and level of support it can provide to ensure the success of these projects. It is highly likely that the nature and level of support will be project specific. A higher level of engagement will maximise the potential for strategies to be developed to overcome deployment challenges.

This study also identified an absence of commercial scale, integrated CCS projects in many regions and countries of the world. India and South America do not have any projects that meet this scale while Africa had one. The Global CCS Institute should attempt to engage with CCS stakeholders in these nations and regions to identify potential partnerships. This exercise could be undertaken by developing national CCS strategies with in-country partners. These national strategies could identify the current situation in regards to CCS, and undertake gap analyses and action plans to progress CCS deployment.

It is evident that among a number of the projects that are being proposed have business cases which are not consistently well developed across the three elements of the CCS chain. Many proponents are advanced in defining the capture plant however, they are not as advanced in defining the transport and storage components of the project. . In some cases this is because proponents are dependent on other infrastructure projects such as transport networks and storage solutions to deliver these components of the integrated system. Facilitation will be required to assess the business cases of these dependent projects if they are to contribute to the G8 objective

There is a need for learnings about CCS project development to be collected and shared globally. Dissemination of this information is vital to avoid pitfalls and to inform other proponents that may be facing similar challenges. This is a key area where the Global CCS Institute could take a leading role.