Ministerial Meeting Calls for Appropriate Recognition of Carbon Capture and Storage

13 October 2009: The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) – a ministerial-level initiative comprising developed and developing countries – agreed that the viability of carbon capture and storage (CCS) “should be appropriately recognized” as a key mitigation strategy in a future climate change agreement. This agreement came out of a meeting of environment and energy ministers from CSLF members in London, UK, on 12-14 October 2009.

The ministers encouraged the Major Economies Forum to “accelerate deployment of CCS globally and particularly in developing countries,” stressed the need to increase cooperation and knowledge-sharing about CCS between developed and developing countries, and announced the creation of a CSLF capacity-building programme. The meeting also witnessed the launch of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) CCS Roadmap (see related Climate Change Policy & Practice story).

CSLF members include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, the European Commission, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. [ CSFL press release ][ IEA Releases Technology Roadmap for Carbon Capture and Storage ]