Global CCS Institute Opens Beijing Office

The Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Institute Friday opened an office in Beijing, highlighting the important role that China plays in the development of low-emissions technologies.

Founded by the Australian Government, the Global CCS Institute helps carbon-intensive economies accelerate the uptake of CCS technologies, and collects and disseminates expertise to governments and project proponents all over the world.

Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP, said the new office will allow the institute to further enhance its engagement with its members in the China region.

"China accounts for the largest share of projected growth in global energy use, with its demand rising by 60 per cent by 2035," Minister Ferguson said.

"Australia and China rely heavily on coal for power generation, which provides a strong incentive for both countries to work together on the uptake of technologies that reduce carbon emissions.

"China's inherent economies of scale, and world-leading experience in research and development, make it of critical importance to the deployment of clean energy technologies worldwide.

"The lessons learnt and shared by the institute through its work in China will help governments and project proponents from around the world, including Australia, to accelerate the deployment of CCS technologies."

The Global CCS Institute also has regional offices in Europe, North America and Japan.

The Institute has an international Membership base of 368 government, industry, non-government and research organisations from around the world.  The Institute’s Membership covers more than 80 per cent of the world’s CO2 emissions from energy and industrial sources.

In addition to its support for the institute, the Australian Government is investing over $2 billion in a range of measures to assist the development of low-emissions technologies, including the CCS Flagships program.

The International Energy Agency expects fossil fuels to continue to be a significant contributor to meetings the world’s energy needs for the foreseeable future.

As such, the development and deployment of low-emissions technologies, including CCS, is critical to reducing global carbon emissions.

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