UNIDO Launches Global Technology Roadmap Project for CCS

19 February 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched a global technology roadmap for carbon capture and storage (CCS) for industrial processes. The €500,000 project is being carried out in partnership with the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, and will be implemented in cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the IEA Greenhouse Gas Research and Development Programme.

With a focus on developing countries with energy-intensive industries, the project aims to analyze the status of CCS in key industrial sectors and to create a roadmap to chart the course needed to apply the technology at scale in these sectors. The purpose of the roadmap is to provide policymakers and investors with information about the potential of CCS, as well as with information about what must be achieved to realize this potential. It is intended to draw from the methodologies and experience of the partners, and provide relevant stakeholders with a vision of industrial CCS up to 2050.

UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella highlighted the importance of the project in efforts to fill the knowledge gaps that exist in moving towards commercial implementation of CCS, especially in industry. He said the project will "help address these obstacles by developing a technology roadmap for CCS across different industry sectors, and assist developing countries in their transition to a low-carbon economy.” The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2010. [UNIDO Press Release]