The importance of carbon capture
THE ENERGY MINISTERS of Canada, China, Norway, and the United
States, as well as heads of delegation from Australia and the European
Commission, along with leaders from the industry and key organi-
zations, were invited by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and
China to review how to increase collaboration in order to drive further
deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS).
The discussion centred on the vital role of CCUS in reducing
carbon dioxide emissions while ensuring energy security. Participants
acknowledged the importance of revenue streams, such as from
CO2 utilization, available transport and storage options, and political
leadership in securing investment in CCUS projects.
Hosting the event, Dr. Fatih Birol, the IEA Executive Director, said
the IEA would undertake detailed analysis of the conditions and
factors that have led to the investment in existing CCUS projects
and how they may be replicated elsewhere.
The countries represented in the discussion host 19 of the 22
projects currently in operation or construction globally. China, the
host of the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM 8), recently announced
the beginning of construction on the country’s first large-scale CCUS
project in Shaanxi Province. The Minister for Science and Technology
of the People’s Republic of China, Wan Gang, co-hosted the
US Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry said, “I don’t believe
you can have a real conversation about clean energy without including
CCUS. The United States understands the importance of this clean
technology and its vital role in the future of energy production.
“We have already seen the success of projects like Petra Nova in
Texas, which is the world’s largest post-combustion carbon-capture
system,” Perry said. “Our experience with CCUS proves that you can
do the right thing for the environment and the economy too.”
The system at Petra Nova can capture 1. 6 million tons of CO2
each year from an existing coal-fired power plant unit, a capture rate
of up to 90% from a supplied slipstream of flue gas. By using CO2
captured from the plant, oil production at West Ranch oilfield is
expected to increase from around 500 barrels per day to up to 15,000
barrels per day.
Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources said: “Carbon
capture, use and storage holds enormous potential to enable eco-
nomic growth and create jobs, while ensuring the environment is
“Canada hopes to continue working with domestic and interna-
tional partners - including through the Clean Energy Ministerial and
Mission Innovation - to help us all address the technical and policy
challenges around wide scale implementation of this important
technology,” he added.
The IEA has consistently highlighted the importance of CCUS in
low-carbon energy systems.
The leaders recognized the importance of CCUS technology as
an essential tool in the global effort to achieve deep reductions in
carbon dioxide emissions and prevent global temperature rises in
The high-level discussion was held ahead of CEM8, a key forum
for international collaboration on clean energy technologies.
The International Energy Agency was founded in 1974. Its mission
includes working to ensure global energy security; expanding energy
cooperation and dialogue around the world; and promoting an
environmentally sustainable energy future .
“I don’t believe you can have
a real conversation about
clean energy without including
CCUS. The US understands
the importance of this clean
technology and its vital role in
the future of energy production.
We have already seen the
success of projects like Petra
Nova in Texas, which is the
world’s largest post-combustion
carbon-capture system. Our
experience with CCUS proves
that you can do the right thing
for the environment and the
economy too.” – US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
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