While summer vacation for most may be reserved for leisure, this is not the case for 40 Ph.D., post doctorate, engineering and policy students who have the opportunity to attend the annual International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG)’s CCS Summer School –  July 10-14 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Hailing from 29 countries, students are competitively selected on merit, recommendations, and a desire to fully immerse themselves in learning about carbon capture and storage (CCS/CCUS) technology.

The IEAGHG International CCS Summer School travels annually around the globe to differing host countries, has returned to Regina (the only repeat city) for the fourth time. The draw to this location is because the International CCS Knowledge Centre is based in the Saskatchewan capital, and provides the unique opportunity to provide a hands-on CCS experience through tours of SaskPower's fully integrated Boundary Dam Unit 3 Carbon Capture and Storage Facility (BD3), the world's first and only CCS facility on a commercial power plant that has captured and safely stored more than 5 million tonnes of CO2 since it began operation in 2014.

"We are very excited to be bringing the International CCS Summer School and these bright and motivated international students to Saskatchewan and the International CCS Knowledge Centre for the fourth time. Saskatchewan is recognized globally as a centre of excellence on CCUS, with the International CCS Knowledge Centre and SaskPower’s Boundary Dam CCS project. It is the best location in the world to learn about CCUS”. 

- Tim Dixon, General Manager, IEAGHG

The students will get to witness CCS technology in action, learning how large-scale CCS is a critical tool for achieving the world’s ambitious emissions reduction targets, and how lessons learned from BD3 and other existing CCS projects can accelerate the deployment of the next generation of CCS technology across heavy industries around the world.

“The International CCS Knowledge Centre is proud to host such a diverse group of students who can take the technical and strategic expertise gained from this Summer School forward around the globe to truly make a difference in the climate change fight and build a better world for future generations.

- James Millar, President & CEO, International CCS Knowledge Centre

The IEAGHG, as the proprietor of the CCS summer school - now in its 15th year - aims to broaden the knowledge base around CCS in industrialized and developing countries, particularly at an academic level. Throughout an intensive week of learning, the CCS Summer School programme covers every aspect of CCS, from technical, such as: capture, transport, storage, and industrial uses, through regulation, policy, financing, and communication.

Along with international students, the summer school attracts global experts with the most recent information available in each field. With 677 alumni representing over 59 countries, the summer school has played a key role in many moving on to successful careers within CCS industry and academia. This year’s event will take place at the University of Regina, highlighted with a field trip on Wednesday to BD3 and the Aquistore CCS storage site near Estevan, Saskatchewan. For more information about this year’s summer school visit: https://ieaghg.org/summer-school

Media coverage of the 2023 CCS Summer School:

CTV Regina - 'Sharing my knowledge': University of Regina hosts annual carbon capture summer school

Global Regina - Students to study carbon capture at Regina summer school

Pipeline Online - IEAGHG summer school keeps coming back to Saskatchewan because we're the leaders in carbon capture and storage

CBC Radio, The Afternoon Edition - Carbon capture school in session in Regina

Sask Today - Top Canadian and international students visit Boundary Dam's CCS facility

We sincerely thank all the sponsors who made the 2023 CCS Summer School possible!

About the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG):  Established in 1991 under the auspices of the International Energy Agency as a technology collaboration program, IEAGHG is a not-for-profit international collaborative venture that studies and evaluates technologies that can reduce GHGs derived from the use of fossil fuels. The main technology of focus is CCS. As a member-based organization, IEAGHG’s work is subject to peer review ensuring impartiality and that they remain an unbiased source which provides definitive information on the role that technology can play in reducing GHGs. IEAGHG is the lead organizer of the GHGT series of conferences, which are the main international conferences on CCS. GHGT-17 is being held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, October 2024. For more information, visit: https://ghgt.info 

About the International CCS Knowledge Centre: The International CCS Knowledge Centre is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 by BHP and SaskPower to advance large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects as a critical means of managing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving the world’s ambitious climate goals. The Knowledge Centre provides independent, expert advisory services for CCS projects across heavy-emitting industries based on our team’s unique experience developing the world’s first fully integrated post-combustion CCS facility on a coal-fired power plant. We have a proven track record of helping our clients lower costs, reduce risk and improve the performance of CCS projects across industries and technology platforms using the latest knowledge and lessons learned from major projects across the globe. For more information, visit: ccsknowledge.com