Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum

The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) is a Ministerial-level international climate change initiative that is focused on the development of improved cost-effective technologies for the separation and capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) for its transport and long-term safe storage. The mission of the CSLF is to facilitate the development and deployment of such technologies via collaborative efforts that address key technical, economic, and environmental obstacles.
Information exchange and networking;
Planning and road-mapping;
Facilitation of collaboration;
Research and development;
Demonstrations; or
Other issues as indicated in Article 1 of the CSLF Charter.

Open to Applications: 
Application Time Frame: 

On a rolling basis.

Climate Objective: 
Administrator Type: 
Intergovernmental Organization
Financial Instruments Offered: 
Not Applicable
Direct Access: 
Fund Size: 

Not applicable

Financing Award: 
Not Applicable
Not applicable
Implementing Entity: 

There are task forces for implementation, and they are governed under the Policy Group and Technical Group:

CSLF Policy Group:
Capacity Building in Emerging Economies, Chair: Saudi Arabia
CCS in the Academic Community, Co-Chairs: United States and Mexico
Development of 2nd and 3rd Generation CCS Technologies, Policy Group Co-Chair: Canada
Financing Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), Chair: France

CSLF Technical Group:
Projects Interaction and Review Team (PIRT), Chair: Australia
Bio-Energy with CCS, Chair: United States
Improved Pore Space Utilization, Co-Chairs: Australia and UK
Offshore Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), Chair: Norway

Steps to Access & Application Procedure: 

To be involved in the activities of the CSLF, a country has to be a member of Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum.

Become a Member
National governmental entities may apply for membership to the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum by sending a letter of application to the CSLF Secretariat. The letter of application should be signed by the responsible Minister from the applicant country. In their application letter, prospective Members should:

Demonstrate they are a significant producer or user of fossil fuels that have the potential for carbon capture;
Describe their existing national vision and/or plan regarding carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies;
Describe an existing national commitment to invest resources on RD&D activities in CCS technologies;
Describe their commitment to engage the private sector in the development and deployment of CCS technologies; and
Describe specific projects or activities proposed that will be undertaken within the frame of the CSLF.
The letter of application will be circulated to the Members of the CSLF Policy Group for consideration. The application will then go forward for a decision at the next scheduled meeting of the Policy Group in accordance with Article 3.2 of the CSLF Charter.

Membership will be offered to national governmental entities that submit a successful application. The offer of membership can be accepted by signing the Charter in Counterpart at the Ministerial level and delivering it to the Secretariat. (A notarized "true copy" of the signed document is acceptable in lieu of the original.)

Membership is confirmed upon receipt by the Secretariat of the signed Charter. Correspondence can be sent to:

CSLF Secretariat
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20585
Become a Stakeholder

The CSLF recognizes that stakeholders – those organizations that are affected by, and can affect, the goals of the CSLF – form an essential component of CSLF activities. Their views and contributions are important to the success of the CSLF. To become a stakeholder with the CSLF, please send an email to the CSLF Secretariat ( and provide us with your name, title, affiliation, and email address.

How to Propose a Project

A proposal for project recognition can be submitted by any CSLF delegate to the Technical Group and must contain a completed CSLF Project Submission Form. In order to formalize and document the relationship with the CSLF, the representatives of the project sponsors and the delegates of Members nominating a project must sign the CSLF Project Submission Form, specifying that relationship before the project can be considered.

The CSLF Technical Group evaluates all projects proposed for recognition. Projects that meet all evaluation criteria are then recommended to the Policy Group. A project becomes recognized by the CSLF following approval by the Policy Group.

Organizational and Decision Making Structure: 

The CSLF Charter, signed in June 2003, organized the CSLF by creating a Policy Group, which governs the overall framework and policies of the CSLF, a Technical Group, which reviews the progress of collaborative projects and makes recommendations to the Policy Group on any needed actions, and an administrative Secretariat, which organizes CSLF meetings, coordinates communications among CSLF Members, and acts as a clearinghouse of information.

Monitoring and Reporting Procedures: 

Not specified

Co-financing Requirements (if applicable): 

Not applicable

Other Eligibility Criteria Beyond Geography and Income: 

Not specified

Contact Information

CSLF Secretariat
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20585

General E-mail:

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Sectors & Topics: 
Climate Change / General
Eligible Countries and Geographic Regions: 
Active in Countries: 
Korea (the Republic of)
Netherlands (the)
New Zealand
Russian Federation (the)
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
United Arab Emirates (the)
United Kingdom (the)
United States (the)