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Korea and Malaysia unite at the Shepherd CCS Summit

SEOUL, June 10, 2024

Korea and Malaysia have united to advance Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) initiatives, fostering dialogue and collaboration among all stakeholders for a sustainable future in the CCS sector. 
CCS, which involves capturing emitted carbon and storing it in stable storage, is essential for decarbonising the region and is a key element in achieving Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
The 'Shepherd CCS Summit 2024,' held at THE SHILLA Seoul, Korea, on June 10, brought together global companies and government officials to shape the future of the carbon capture industry. The summit saw participation from over 60 organisations and more than 200 attendees, including industry professionals, policymakers, experts, and business stakeholders.
Public-private collaboration
The summit commenced with opening speeches by Hong Namkoong, President and CEO of SAMSUNG E&A, and Datuk Adif Zulkifli, Executive Vice President & CEO Upstream of Petronas. Both emphasised the summit's significance, highlighting the collaboration between private and public sectors in cross-border CCS cooperation and providing a platform for developing constructive and practical solutions for the future.
The 'Shepherd CCS Summit 2024' featured a variety of programs, including keynote speeches, panel discussions, and government addresses. Keynote speakers from SAMSUNG E&A, Korea National Oil Corporation, Petronas, AspenTech, and others introduced the global CCS market, prospects, and actual project cases.
Panel discussions focused on the role and challenges of CCS in decarbonising domestic industries, technological trends, and the key contexts of CCS policies and roadmaps for both Korea and Malaysia. Government officials from both countries emphasised the necessity of close cooperation and communication between governments and companies to realise cross-border CCS projects.
A highlight of the summit was the presentation of the Shepherd CCS project, a pioneering global initiative. This cross-border project, jointly developed by Korean and international companies, aims to capture CO2 from Korean industrial regions and transport it to Malaysia for permanent storage. Malaysia is considered one of the most suitable locations for carbon storage in the Asia Pacific region, thanks to its substantial storage potential.
CO2 hub clusters
Further presentations included the development status of CO2 hub clusters, CO2 storage development in Sarawak, Malaysia, the global CCS market outlook, the development of the southeastern CCS Cluster in conjunction with Shepherd Ulsan Hub Terminal, and digital solutions for accelerating CCS.
The 'Shepherd CCS Summit 2024' provided a comprehensive platform for discussing measures for the success and development of CCS, and underscored CCS as a critical technology for Korea, where manufacturing dominates and some industries face challenges in reducing carbon emissions. Reflecting this, the Korean government has set an ambitious annual CO2 reduction goal of 4.8 million tons through CCS by 2030. 
The Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy - Republic of Korea (MOTIE)’s Director General, Yeon Woo Choi stated: “The two countries recognised the importance of a cross-border CCS arrangement/agreement between Korea and Malaysia and confirmed that the two governments will discuss such matters taking into consideration of relevant regulatory frameworks, international laws, conventions, and treaties.” 
Luqman Ahmad, the Deputy Secretary General Macro from the Ministry of Economy Malaysia, said: “Malaysia recognises the need to establish bilateral agreements to position Malaysia as a regional CCS hub and is looking forward to joining forces with the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy from the Republic of Korea, moving us closer towards a lower-carbon future. 
“The development of the CCUS industry in Malaysia will help unlock various socioeconomic benefits for Malaysia, contributing to economic growth, the creation of skilled and high-value job opportunities, and the advancement of new technology and innovation. As we move ahead, I trust that all of us will continue to take bold steps, forge collaborations, and harness our collective strength in the pursuit of a more resilient and sustainable future for the generations to come.”
Crucial importance
Hong Namkoong, President and CEO of SAMSUNG E&A said: “The 'Shepherd CCS Summit 2024' is meaningful for the present and future generations for a better tomorrow. It also underscores the crucial importance of this joint endeavour as we build a brighter future together.  CCS is a crucial stepping stone towards net zero. Coming together and building a sustainable, low-carbon future is imperative globally.”
The 'Shepherd CCS Summit 2024' marks a significant milestone in international cooperation on carbon capture and storage, setting the stage for continued collaboration between Korea, Malaysia, and the global community. As CCS technology evolves and matures, the commitments and partnerships forged at this summit will be crucial in meeting climate goals and ensuring a sustainable, low-carbon future for the region and beyond.--TradeArabia News Service


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