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New CEO for Global CCS Institute



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The Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP

New CEO for Global CCS Institute

26 May 2011

The Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP has welcomed the appointment of Mr Brad Page as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute.

The Australian Government established the Institute in 2009 as a central point for knowledge sharing and to drive the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology internationally. Since that time it has attracted over 300 members including 26 national governments.

“The Australian Government is committed to testing a wide range of technologies as we move to lower our emissions,” Minister Ferguson said.

“Australia is an energy intensive nation and we are putting in place measures to make renewables a greater part of our energy mix.

“But with over 75 per cent of our electricity currently sourced from coal-fired power CCS technology has the potential to really reduce emissions in the medium term.

“Experience has shown that the best way to accelerate the development of challenging technologies like CCS is to pool resources and work cooperatively across jurisdictions.

“The Institute facilitates this process as well as providing direct support for a number of key demonstration projects.

“With his extensive experience in the energy sector and senior government policy roles Mr Page has first hand knowledge of the challenges and the skills and expertise to lead the Institute through what I believe is a very important phase for CCS.”

Mr Page, currently the CEO of the Energy Supply Association of Australia, will take up his new appointment in August this year.

More information on the Global CCS Institute is at www.globalccsinstitute.com