Global CCS Institute and Regina-based International CCS Knowledge Centre launch partnership

The Global CCS Institute’s Brad Page, left, and Mike Monea of the International CCS Knowledge Centre at the Centre’s office on the University of Regina campus. Image: Global CCS Institute

The International CCS Knowledge Centre in Regina and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute are joining forces in an attempt to accelerate stalled development of carbon storage projects.

The partnership intends to promote greater collaboration between the two organizations to support the global deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology by sharing expertise and knowledge, building capacity and influencing policy and regulatory structures.

In a statement, the two agencies said they would identify opportunities for joint activities, as they seek to remove barriers to the capture, transportation and storage of CO2 – a key contributor to climate change.

They will also jointly conduct an annual workshop on CCS, and will cross-promote each other’s activities and achievements in an effort to raise awareness around the environmental and economic benefits that CCS can deliver.

The First Annual Symposium on CCS will be hosted in Regina in the fall, said Mike Monea, president and chief executive officer of the International CCS Knowledge Centre.

“This partnership will solidify the work of both organizations in tackling global greenhouse gas emissions and, ultimately, climate change,” Monea said.

“The CCS Knowledge Centre is an ideal body for our organization to align with, as its corporate supporters – SaskPower and BHP Billiton – and the province of Saskatchewan have all demonstrated an unwavering commitment to CCS,” added Brad Page, chief executive officer of the Melbourne, Australia-headquartered Global CCS Institute.