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December 2020

DEAR COLLEAGUE,
 
Welcome to the December 2020 edition of the Clean Energy Ministerial CCUS Initiative quarterly newsletter.
 
Year 2020 has certainly been memorable. Many would probably be keen to rapidly forget some aspects of it, especially the potential health impacts, the various restrictions and the general stress that the pandemic has brought onto our lives. However, the year has certainly brought to the forefront the power of our modern working tools, allowing us to remain connected with each other from our studies, living rooms and offices, on a regular basis. We hope that you have remained in good health and continue to stay safe into the New Year 2021.
 
As regards CCUS, this ongoing year has given us many reasons for increased optimism. Many of the CEM CCUS Member governments have either announced or reiterated their strong commitments to achieve carbon-neutrality around the middle of the century, providing a critically important backdrop to develop clean energy solutions across the board. Countries have also continued to advance various national and regional specific CCUS policy initiatives, enacting support and conducive regulatory frameworks. Several large-scale projects have also advanced, including to final investment decisions. This is extremely positive development.
 
The Clean Energy Ministerial CCUS Initiative members have continued active collaboration and sharing of information, to maximise the benefit of cooperation for national policy-making. Our active collaboration with industry organisations and the finance sector have also proven to be highlights of the closing year. Bringing together several public and private finance-sector organisations to draft the Key Financing Principles for CCUS showed us the commitment that several financiers have towards the wider sustainable finance agenda, and their increasing interest in carbon capture opportunities as part of it.
 
We thank you for your collaboration, and for your interest in our activities during 2020.
Let us continue our work to accelerate CCUS together in 2021.
 
We wish you a Happy Festive Season and a Prosperous New Year 2021.
 
- your CEM CCUS Initiative team

CCUS INITIATIVE CONTINUES TO ACCELERATE CCUS TOGETHER
 
In December, the CEM CCUS Initiative members agreed the Initiative work programme for 2021-2022. Members remain committed to working together to accelerate CCUS, using the unique government membership and key partnerships with industry, the finance sector and other champion organisations. The key cornerstones of the Initiative’s work in the coming year will be:
 
1. Accelerating projects. We will continue our collaboration with industry and other key stakeholders to facilitate the identification and advancement of new CCUS hubs and projects;
 
2. Facilitating finance. We will continue our close engagement with the financial sector, to bring latest government policy and programme experience and plans to the sector, and to receive advice from the banks on key aspects of projects and policy-making;
 
3. Fostering CCUS policy development. We will enhance the sharing of information among members, and beyond, on lessons learnt from policy approaches, learning from each other and disseminating best practice;
 
4. Using regional approaches. We intend to offer our support to all relevant regional processes that can advance carbon capture policy and projects. We will work through our membership, potential new members, and exploiting synergies with key partner organisations.

THE NETHERLANDS: KEY STEPS AHEAD FOR CARBON CAPTURE

During 2020 the Netherlands has made great progress with CCUS policy and at the time of writing the call is open for capture facilities to apply for economic support from the “SDE++” support mechanism. The Rotterdam port area “Porthos” hub is perhaps the best know project in the country, however others are also being advanced, such as “Athos” in Amsterdam and the “Carbon Connect Delta” Project in the South of the country. Shipping-based transport and storage solutions are also being developed, providing a service to collect CO2 from various point-sources, even inland.
 
The CCUS Initiative hosted a webinar on CCUS in the Netherlands on 7 December, with expert speakers from government and industry. The recording of the webinar is available on our YouTube channel.

CCUS 2020 CONFERENCE: THE INITIATIVE HIGHLIGHTS INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS

The CCUS Initiative curated a well-attended session at the “CCUS2020” conference organised by the CCS Association. Led by Mr. Brian Allison of UK BEIS, one of the Initiative Co-Leads, the session highlighted CCUS strategy and progress in United Arab Emirates, India, China, Japan and Australia. These countries all have different strategies for CCUS deployment, however all have experience in advancing and operating industrial CCUS projects.
 
The recordings of the conference are now available on the conference portal and on a dedicated Vimeo account.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

21 January 2021, 14:00 CET: CCUS for the Cement Sector

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Join the CEM CCUS Initiative and our partners from the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) for a webinar on the role of CCUS for the Cement Sector, on Thursday 21 January 2021, at 14:00 CET. Speakers from North America, Europe and China will discuss the opportunity that carbon capture can bring to the sustainability of cement manufacture, and how governments can ensure an enabling framework to drive projects forward.
 
Agenda and registration details will follow in early January.
 

All CEM CCUS Initiative webinar recordings can be accessed through the Clean Energy Solutions Centre website and YouTube channel. The webinar slide materials are available on the CCUS section of the Clean Energy Ministerial website.
 
We are currently scheduling webinars for the coming 3-4 months and will inform you accordingly.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The 12th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, hosted by Chile, will take place during the week of 31 May 2021. The meetings will be virtual, and will provide the CEM community with the opportunity to stage various leading clean energy events. More details will follow in early 2021.

NEXT CEM CCUS INITIATIVE NEWSLETTER:
March 2021

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The CEM CCUS Initiative was established at the 9th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Copenhagen/Malmo in May 2018. Our objective is to accelerate CCUS together by:
  • Ensuring that CCUS is considered under the Clean Energy Ministerial work,
  • Providing a platform for governments, industry and the finance sector to collaborate,
  • Fostering strategic investment opportunities and
  • Sharing knowledge and experience on policy, regulation and CCUS investment in general. 
We have eleven Member Countries: Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. The European Commission is an Observer. We also nurture active working links with other key organisations such as the IEA and others.
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