Carbon capture and storage, or CCS, is a family of technologies and techniques that enable the capture of COfrom fuel combustion or industrial processes, the transport of CO2 via ships or pipelines, and its storage underground, in depleted oil and gas fields and deep saline formations. CCS can have a unique and vital role to play in the global transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy, in both power generation and industry.

IEA hails launch of new Canadian CO2 storage project, first to cut emissions from oil sands

Alberta‚Äôs Quest project provides further proof of value of CCS in reducing greenhouse gas emissions More »»

IEA hails historic launch of carbon capture and storage project

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Technology Roadmap: Carbon Capture and Storage 2013

This CCS roadmap aims at assisting governments and industry in integrating CCS in their emissions reduction strategies and in creating the conditions for scaled-up deployment of all three components of the CCS chain: CO2 capture, transport and storage. More »»

Storing CO2 while pumping for oil and gas

What if oil and gas production could be used to store carbon dioxide (CO2) permanently and thus limit climate change? More »»

About carbon capture and storage

Current short-, medium- and long-term projections for global energy demand still point to fossil fuels being combusted in quantities incompatible with levels required to stabilise greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations at safe levels in the atmosphere.

All technologies along the CCS chain are known. They have been in operation in various industries for decades, although at relatively small scale. However, for the sole purpose of limiting climate change, these technologies have been put together in industrial scale (>1Mt CO2 captured and stored per year) in only a small number of installations. 

Our focus

CCS is a GHG emissions reduction technology whose deployment is dependent on an enabling policy framework. Given the substantial contribution CCS can potentially make in mitigating the risk of climate change, the quality of the policy matters. The Agency is engaged in analysing and developing options that policy makers can use for promoting safe and accountable CCS and for overcoming barriers to its deployment. This work includes national level CCS-specific policy and global climate policy development.

Fast facts

  • 1/6CCS contributes one-sixth of total CO2 emission reductions required in 2050
  • 14%of the cumulative emissions reductions through 2050 against a business-as-usual scenario (6DS)