Canadian and Chinese cleantech organizations collaborate to advance CCUS

From left, Sandra Odendahl, president and CEO, CMC Research Institutes; Jim Carr, minister of Natural Resources Canada; Xiaoming Deng, deputy director general, China’s Ministry of Science and Technology; and Li Hua Ren, chief design officer, Guangdong CCUS Centre, at the signing of the collaboration agreement. Image: CMC Research Institutes

CMC Research Institutes and the Guangdong CCUS Centre in China have agreed to collaborate to develop carbon capture, utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in industry.

The two organizations will promote joint research and development, advance the commercialization of CCUS, support training and education through workshops and conferences, and encourage the development of joint projects at the Guangdong CCUS Centre and at CMCRI’s Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute in Richmond, B.C.

Globally, industrial emissions account for 46 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions and most models forecast an important role for CCUS in reducing emissions and meeting global climate change targets.

The agreement was signed at the 2nd Canada-China Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Forum held by Natural Resources Canada.

“Collaboration between researchers, between companies and between nations is absolutely necessary if we are to reach climate change targets. This document represents an important step toward reaching that global goal,” Sandra Odendahl, president and CEO of CMCRI, said in a statement.

A not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing technologies to reduce carbon emissions in large-scale industry, CMCRI helps innovators scale-up, de-risk and prove their CCUS and emissions monitoring technologies. It operates the Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute and the Containment and Monitoring Institute, where it works with a network of innovators, government and academia.

The Guangdong CCUS Centre is leading the development of a one million tonne scale Guangdong Offshore Carbon, Capture, Utilization and Storage Project, through a staged approach, which includes capturing CO2 from a conventional power plant with post-combustion capture, capturing CO2 from other high concentration sources with pre-combustion capture and storing the CO2 in an offshore geological site.

“Signing the MOU enhances our communication with CMC Research Institutes, which will definitely contribute to the success of our CCUS project,” said Xi Liang, secretary general of Guangdong CCUS Centre.