A world class collaborative research centre of The University of Melbourne.
The research we perform underpins the development of enhanced technologies for carbon capture and storage in Australia. Working closely with our partners the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC), Rio Tinto and the State Government of Victoria’s Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI) the Centre’s outputs will deliver the next generation of skills and research and development services in CCS research.
The Centre is named after Professor Peter Cook, CBE, FTSE, an internationally distinguished expert in carbon capture and storage research and a pioneer of CCS research and development in Australia. His profile and worldwide reputation for excellence in the field of geological storage makes him a fitting choice as patron for the Centre.
The Centre is in a unique and advantageous position building on outstanding achievements and momentum from the projects that have been running through the CO2CRC over the past decade. A very strong team of CO2 capture experts are already assembled at the University of Melbourne and the establishment of the Centre will facilitate the development and expansion of CO2 storage research at the University as well as interdisciplinary studies relating to CCS.
Increasing greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere
is a key environmental issue facing Australia and the world.
Carbon dioxide, primarily from the combustion of fossil fuels for energy, is the most common greenhouse gas emitted by human activities and is causing an adverse impact on climate. Emission reduction will require a full suite of responses: increased use of renewable energy, greater energy efficiency, fuel switching, increased capture and use and geological sequestration of carbon dioxide.
- Carbon Capture
Research focused on developing and demonstrating technologies that will significantly reduce the costs of capturing CO2 while minimising the environmental footprint of energy production.
- Carbon Storage
Research focused on developing a deeper understanding of the process of storing CO2 in subsurface structures, with the aim of reducing the storage risks, developing monitoring and control technologies.
- Legal and Social Policy
The Centre has a strong association with many departments across the University which allows it to draw on expertise across a range of disciplines relevant to CCS science, policy and economics.