Conference Dates

April 10-14, 2016


The Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) industry is lacking standardization and therefore the ability to allow CCUS projects to advance as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) or to be considered for any type of carbon management or accounting scheme is also hindered. An international effort between the United States and Canada, funded by the International Performance Assessment Centre for Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide (IPAC-CO2 Research Inc.), and managed by CSA Standards, have developed the first internationally recognized Standard for the geologic storage of carbon dioxide (Z-741). The Z-741 Standard has been adopted by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and is available to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). As a direct result of Z-741, the International Standards Organization (ISO) has created a technical committee to advance the development of comprehensive international standards that address CCUS, with a specific focus on CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) as well as the accounting methodology to allow for the stored CO2 to gain “credit” under a carbon management and accounting scheme. The CO2- EOR working group standard will address the subsurface oil field operating environments and related CO2 recovery operations, as well as the harmonization of CO2 supplies with EOR operations both on a daily basis and over multi-year operational horizons, among other topics.

The TC has met 6 times and will reconvene at the University of Wyoming in the spring of 2016 bringing together some 40 nations and over 100 internationally recognized experts. This paper/presentation will address key issues experienced in the standard development process, which is a technical, consensus-based facilitated process. An overview of the six (6) working groups will be presented as well as discussion as to why this work is important and how this work can be used by the developing world (non-OECD economies). There will also be a discussion as to how this ISO TC-265 fits in the overall climate change discussion as it relates to the recent Conference of Parties (COP21) meetings in Paris.