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CAGS is jointly managed by Australian Government Geoscience Australia (GA) and China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) through the Administrative Centre for China's Agenda 21 (ACCA21).

CAGS (2010-12): Established under the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP) in 2008, CAGS provided a forum for Australia and China to cooperate on promoting and advancing carbon storage technology as part of the cleaner fossil energy technology development program.

CAGS2 (2012-15): Phase two was endorsed by the Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology (JCG) to support the ongoing collaboration on carbon capture and storage (CCS) between Australia and China as part of low emission coal technology. A Summary Report was published to highlight CAGS2 achievements and impacts.

CAGS3 (2016-18): Phase three was co-funded by Australian and Chinese governments to implement further efforts in bilateral CCS/CCUS (carbon capture, utilisation and storage) cooperation.

  • CAGS3 aims to continue to build geological storage research capacity in Australia and China through scientific exchanges and joint research on carbon, capture, utiliszation and storage (CCUS) demonstration projects.

  • CAGS3 will provide an avenue for Australian researchers to gain experience on active Chinese CCUS demonstration sites and the Chinese to gain access to Australian geological storage, monitoring and groundwater expertise.

  • A particular emphasis for CAGS3 is capacity building in the western Xinjiang province, a region undergoing rapid industrial growth.