Energy 2050 COP 21 side event on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) at the UN climate change conference in Paris

Can carbon capture technologies contribute to delivering the aims of the UNFCCC?

Date: 11 December 2015
Time: 17:00 – 18:30 CET
Location: Salle 9 Climate Generations Area (CAG) Pavilion (participation does not require UN accreditation)

Partners: Energy 2050, The University of Sheffield, UK; Global CCS Institute (GCCSI); Bellona Foundation;  International Energy Agency (IEA)

Many international organisations -including the IPCC and the IEA- believe in the key role of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies in fighting climate change – and that without these technologies, achieving climate targets could be 138% more expensive. Our panel will address:

  • How should CCS deployment be accelerated?
  • What further policies are needed?
  • How lessons learned from existing projects could be applied to developing countries?
  • How CCS as an “environmentally sound technology” is currently being supported by the UNFCCC’s bodies, mechanisms and/or programs (i.e. CDM, GCF)?
  • What can/needs to happen within the UNFCCC into the future to support CCS (i.e. the new climate agreement may adopt a new ‘technology framework’ and what this might mean for future support to CCS – e.g. perhaps through encouraging the GCF to have a greater appetite to accept and manage the risks surrounding CCS investments


  • Chair: Mr Matthew Billson, Programme Director Energy 2050, The University of Sheffield
  • Mark Bonner / John Scowcroft; Global CCS Institute
  • Ellina Levina, International Energy Agency
  • Jonas Helseth, Director of Bellona Europa