UNIDO Organizes Workshop on Development of CCS Roadmap

August 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has organized a workshop in the framework of the development of a Global Technology Roadmap for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Industry.

The event, which convened from 30 June-1 July 2010, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, brought together an international group of industry representatives and experts. It was organized to provide the Global Technology Roadmap with information about its five focus sectors, and an opportunity for stakeholders from a wide range of countries, including developing countries, to gain insights on potential opportunities for CCS.

The workshop included breakout sessions on the five focus sectors of the Roadmap, which are: high-purity carbon dioxide sources; iron and steel; cement; refineries; and biomass-based carbon dioxide sources. These breakout sessions addressed specific issues relating to these sectors, including: scene-setting on the background, data and broad characteristics of the sector; gaps and barriers to a future, low-carbon vision for the sector; and potential actions and milestones to be included in the Roadmap. The workshop also addressed cross-cutting issues, in which representatives of the different sectoral workshops discussed: long-term vision, data and uncertainties; costs, financing and business models; incentives, policy and regulation; and technical issues for carbon dioxide compression, transport and storage.

In addition, the workshop report identified next steps towards the preparation of the Global Technology Roadmap, namely: finalization of the sectoral assessments based on the sectoral workshop inputs and further information; initiation of the drafting of the Roadmap itself; organization of a second workshop to review the Roadmap to be held on 24 September 2010, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on the margins of the International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies; and finalization of the full Roadmap, publication of sectoral assessment and launch.

The Global Technology Roadmap was launched in February 2010 to develop a global technology roadmap on CCS applications in various industries. It is due for completion by the end of 2010. [UNIDO Workshop Webpage] [Workshop Report]

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