10th CO2GeoNet Open Forum 2015

10th CO2GeoNet Open Forum 2015

CO2GeoNet, the European network on the geological storage of CO2 held their 10th Annual Open Forum "CO2storage - the cornerstone of our low carbon future” from 11-12th May 2015, in San Servolo, Italy.

The Open Forum focused on CCS policy and the latest advancements in CO2 geological storage science and technology. Presentations and discussions highlighted recent progress and considered hurdles, which still need to be overcome for large scale deployment of CCS.

CO2GeoNet's 10th Annual Open Forum "CO2 storage - the cornerstone of our low carbon future” was sponsored by the Global CCS Institute (GCCSI), in partnership with the European Commission and US Department of Energy. The two day event considered a wide range of issues, including CCS policy, business case, research and development in addition to lessons learnt and the latest advancements in CO2 geological storage science and technology.

Andrew Purvis, GM of the EMEA region at GCCSI, presented a global overview of CCS developments. While noting the challenges still faced by CCS supporters in Europe, he drew attention to the reality of CCS across the world, and discussed the importance of 2015/16 as a “Year of CCS Action”.

Presentation slides and the interview of Mr. Purvis by CO2GeoNet are available on the Open Forum website.

Claude Mandil, a Director of the GCCSI and former Executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA),  addressed a selection of international CCS issues in his keynote presentation.

Presentation and the interview of Mr. Mandil by CO2GeoNet are available on the Open Forum website.

CO2GeoNet was originally launched in 2004 under the European Commission (EC) research program as a Network of Excellence to promote research integration within the scientific community and help enable the implementation of CO2 geological storage. Following the successful conclusion of the EC project, the participants (26 partners from 19 European countries, ranging from national geological surveys and research institutes, through to universities and associated “spin out” research companies) launched a non-profit scientific association to continue to the networking accomplished under the EC's contract. CO2GeoNet is an associate of the Global CCS Institute.