An ‘Impression’ of the CSLF Technical Group meeting, Chatou, Paris


By Tim Dixon

7 November 2019

The CSLF Technical Group meeting was held in an attractive location associated with the famous Impressionist painters. It was hosted by EDF and Total on the Île des Impressionnistes in the river Seine, Chatou, near Paris, and dinner was held in the famous Maison Fournaise restaurant (as in Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” painting). This setting, autumnal colours, EDF facilities and French hospitality helped make a productive and informative CSLF meeting.

Of note at this meeting was the presentation of the final report from the Task Force on CCUS for Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs). This makes it clear that EIIs are essential in today’s economies, their products are needed to build infrastructures including for climate change mitigation and adaptation options. This report addresses the role that CCUS will play to reduce CO2 emissions in EIIs to levels compatible with the overall climate targets. The sectors considered were Steel, Cement, Chemicals, Refining, Hydrogen, Heavy Oil, Natural Gas, Fertilizer, and Waste to Energy. This work draws upon the IEAGHG reports relevant to these sectors, and IEAGHG’s Monica Garcia was a co-author. There will also be a half-day workshop on the 7 November at the same location to share this report.

Other developments in CSLF Technical Group were that the Academic Task Force was reformed now under the Technical Group, with the leadership of Australia (with IEAGHG participation) and will develop new objectives. The CSLF Technical Group will follow and report on developments in storage reservoir management. Discussions were held on how best to interact with the CEM CCUS Initiative, with CEM representatives attending to give updates, and on the future of the CSLF’s Projects Interaction and Review Team (PIRT) in benefiting from CSLF recognition of projects.

We also heard about France’s plans for a carbon neutral society by 2050, which relies upon CCUS for industrial sources, and the French activities on CO2 capture, storage and utilisation. In addition it was interesting to see the new ACT2 projects being announced at this meeting, as these are specifically internationally-collaborative in nature, now with USA and France involvement as well. The twelve new projects have seven with US involvement. Projects include on legacy wells, offshore monitoring, re-use of existing wells, CO2 and geothermal, solvent degradation, membranes for capture offshore, and oxyfuel in cement production. See below for more information.

Also announced and presented at this CSLF meeting was the Mission Innovation CCUS Challenge’s report from the expert workshop in Trondheim in June. The workshop objective was to contribute in transferring early (low TRL) research activities to development and innovation activities (higher TRL) by developing guidance and development paths for emerging CCUS technologies and suggestions for new and joint development activities. The workshop addressed six different topics; 1) Decarbonizing industry sectors, 2) The role of CCS in enabling clean hydrogen, 3) Storage and CO2 networks, 4) Storage monitoring, 5) Going climate positive, and 6) CO2 utilization. During the group work sessions on these, the following questions were addressed: 1) Which opportunities are identified from an industrial point of view?, 2) How do we most effectively get from research to commercial product?, and 3) What joint activities could be established to accelerate technology development and implementation? Recommendations for actions for the different topics were provided for the short-, medium-, and long-term. The final report has just been released and is available at the website below. IEAGHG was pleased to contribute two staff to the workshop, including for introductory speaker on industry CCS, as well as being on the Steering Group.

This is a busy week for CCUS at EDF, with CCS & Hydrogen and CCUS & EII workshops following-on. Many thanks to EDF and Total for hosting this CSLF Technical Group meeting.

More information on the CSLF will be found at and the reports mentioned above at: 

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