Carbon Capture and Storage

Course content

This module explores a range of strategic, technical, legal and regulatory aspects of carbon capture and storage technologies. It provides a better understanding of the potential of these technologies, their current and future challenges, and their deployment.

More specifically the module covers:

  • CCS technology overview: past, present and future
  • Energy scenarios: the potential and environmental impact of CCS
  • Legal and regulatory aspects of CCS
  • CCS demonstration
  • Public acceptance and engagement
  • From subsidies to carbon prices: necessary incentives to deploy CCS
  • Building a CCS technology roadmap

Why is this topic important?

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a group of technologies that shows significant potential for cutting CO2 emissions from large point-sources. According to IEA’s Energy Technology Perspectives 2010, this potential could be comparable to that of renewable energy, i.e. roughly one-fifth of the total emissions reduction needed. The technology is available and proven to work, but the next challenge is to scale it up and reduce costs. In parallel, many legal, regulatory and public acceptance issues must be solved. This training course will help government officials to assess what role CCS can play in their country and to develop deployment strategies.

IEA’s credentials – why learn from us?

The IEA is at the forefront of strategic low-carbon technology research internationally, including CCS technology. It recently established a dedicated CCS team in response to the growing importance of and interest in CCS. The IEA also benefits from direct access to its member governments, and also many non-OECD countries who are discussing and developing CCS projects.

Who will benefit from this module?

This module is targeted at:

  • Government officials responsible for general energy policy and planning; coal/fossil-fuel related issues; industrial policy and legal issues; climate change and CO2 policy
  • Industry and private sector professionals with an interest in CCS from sectors such as coal, oil & gas, power generation, energy technology, energy policy, etc.

What will participants gain?

The course offers participants a greater understanding across a wide range of CCS technology aspects from technical and deployment status to legal, financial and environmental challenges and opportunities. It also provides some specific tools and techniques for policy assessment and technology roadmap articulation.

Module structure

Training Formats

Module Length

Group Size

  • Lectures, presentations and interactive discussions

  • Case Studies

  • Site Visits

1 to 3 days

(depending on the depth of each event)

10-15 people