The CCS+ Initiative is a global, multi-stakeholder alliance, with a unique representation of technology and solution providers, large CO2 emitters, professional service providers, academia, and civil society. It is the first initiative of its kind – developing both carbon reduction and removal approaches with rigorous verification standards.
Through 2023-2024, the CCS+ Initiative aims to have its methodologies published under the VCS as a public good, enabling their use across voluntary carbon markets. It may also serve as a foundation to accelerate the adoption of carbon capture, utilization, removal and storage activities under other voluntary market standards or in compliance carbon markets.


The CCS+ Initiative has been established by a number of leading industry players to jointly develop robust carbon accounting methodologies.

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1PointFive is a Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) platform that is working to help curb global temperature rise to 1.5°C by 2050 through the deployment of decarbonization solutions, including Carbon Engineering’s Direct Air Capture (DAC) and AIR TO FUELS™ technologies alongside geologic sequestration hubs.

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44.01 eliminates CO2 by turning it into rock, removing it from the atmosphere safely, efficiently, and permanently. We do this by mineralising CO2 in peridotite, a rock found in abundance in the Gulf, as well as in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. Peridotite mineralisation is a natural process, which we accelerate by injecting carbonated fluid into peridotite formations deep underground. 44.01, whose name refers to the molecular weight of CO2, works with DAC providers and hard-to-abate industries to provide a permanent Carbon Capture and Mineralisation (CCM) service.

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Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes is an energy technology company that provides solutions for energy and industrial customers worldwide. Built on a century of experience and conducting business in over 120 countries, our innovative technologies and services are taking energy forward – making it safer, cleaner and more efficient for people and the planet.

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Our purpose is reimagining energy for people and our planet. We want to help the world reach net zero and improve people’s lives. We believe CCUS can play a vital role in limiting emissions, helping us achieve our net zero aims and supporting global efforts to meet the Paris goals.

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Calpine Corporation is America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources with operations in competitive power markets. Calpine has 78 energy facilities in operation, serving customers in 22 states, Canada and Mexico with over 26,700 MW of generation capacity. Our clean, efficient, modern and flexible fleet uses advanced technologies to generate power in a low-carbon and environmentally responsible manner.



Carbfix provides permanent and safe storage solution for captured carbon, in which CO2 is injected and rapidly turned into stone underground through proprietary technology that imitates and accelerates natural processes.

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Carbon Engineering

Carbon Engineering (CE) is a leading developer of Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology that captures carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere. CE is focused on the global deployment of megaton-scale DAC facilities so it can have the greatest impact on the huge climate challenge.

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Carbon Upcycling

Carbon Upcycling Technologies is a carbontech company delivering technology that transforms carbon emissions and industrial byproducts into enhanced materials that the world needs to reach net zero. We aim to reduce the carbon impact of industrial processes, divert waste from landfills, and enable a circular economy. For more information, please visit

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Carbonfuture has created the essential technological infrastructure that makes carbon removal trustworthy and scalable. It empowers suppliers by providing the essential project support and finance needed to transform their carbon removal projects into fully certified carbon credits. For corporate buyers, Carbonfuture offers access to portfolios of carbon removal credits that meet the highest quality criteria. By utilising a rigorous data-driven approach, Carbonfuture is building trust throughout the entire carbon removal process, ensuring unmatched quality and reliability.

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CarbonQuest reduces emissions from buildings and co-gen facilities with onsite, modular carbon capture. CQ’s liquid Sustainable CO2™ is then used to mineralize it in concrete or displace petroleum in chemical or bioenergy conversion.

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Carbyon develops a machine to capture CO2 from ambient air. The technology is based on an innovative membrane developed by TNO and using the latest techniques from the semiconductor industry. The company targets to capture CO2 from ambient air at 50 Euro per ton offering the world an effective tool in the fight against climate change.

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Cella is NY-based a carbon mineralization startup that has developed proprietary technology to convert CO2 emissions into rock for safe and permanent sequestration. The company’s mission is to mitigate climate change through directly removing CO2 from the atmosphere and by reducing the carbon footprint of hard-to-abate industries. For more information, visit



Cemex is a global construction materials company that is building a better future through sustainable products and solutions. Cemex is committed to achieving carbon neutrality through relentless innovation and industry-leading research and development. Cemex is at the forefront of the circular economy in the construction value chain and is pioneering ways to increase the use of waste and residues as alternative raw materials and fuels in its operations with the help of new technologies. Cemex offers cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and urbanization solutions in growing markets around the world, powered by a multinational workforce focused on providing a superior customer experience enabled by digital technologies. For more information, please visit:



Climeworks empowers people to reverse climate change by permanently removing carbon dioxide from the air.  One of two things happens to the Climeworks air-captured carbon dioxide: either it is returned to earth, stored safely and permanently away for millions of years, or it is upcycled into climate-friendly products such as carbon-neutral fuels and materials. Founded by engineers Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks strives to inspire 1 billion people to act now and remove carbon dioxide from the air.

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Drax Group is a UK-based renewable energy company engaged in renewable power generation, the production of sustainable biomass and the sale of renewable electricity to businesses. Enabling a zero carbon, lower cost energy future is Drax Group’s purpose and in 2019, it announced a world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using BECCS technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at scale whilst delivering reliable renewable electricity.

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ENOWA is the energy, water and hydrogen subsidiary of NEOM. A catalyst of the energy transition, it is using circular design and groundbreaking technologies to realize NEOM’s ambitions and introduce a new model for urban sustainability; one powered by 100% renewable energy and a smart network that distributes high-standard water to all of NEOM, while exporting clean industrial resources and sustainable solutions to the world.

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Equinor is a broad energy company with more than 20,000 colleagues committed to developing oil, gas, wind and solar energy in more than 30 countries worldwide. We’re dedicated to safety, equality and sustainability.

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FS Fueling Sustainability

FS is the first ethanol industry in Brazil that uses corn in 100% of its production. Today, with two units, one in Lucas do Rio Verde and another in Sorriso, Mato Grosso, the company has the capacity to produce around 1.5 billion liters of ethanol per year. In addition, it also has state-of-the-art technology for the manufacture of products for animal nutrition, known by the acronym DDG (Dried Distillers Grains), corn oil and bioelectricity. Recently, the company announced the construction of its third unit, located in Primavera do Leste (MT), with an estimated investment of BRL 2.3 billion, which will increase its total capacity to 2 billion liters of ethanol/year.

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Future Biogas is the largest operator of biomethane assets in the UK. We are developing the first unsubsidised biomethane facilities to capture and permanently store CO2. The biomethane and carbon reduction certificates will play a key role in helping companies achieve their net-zero ambitions.

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GE Power

GE Power is a world energy leader that provides technology, solutions and services across the entire energy value chain from the point of generation to consumption. Powering more than a third of the world, it serves customers in more than 150 countries.

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Hafslund Oslo Celsio.

Hafslund Oslo Celsio covers 20% of Oslo’s heating demand and is the largest supplier of district heating in Norway. Celcio is also operating Norway’s largest waste-to-energy plant at Klemetsrud in the outskirts of Oslo. The plant delivers around 60% of the heat in the district heating system, but it is also Oslo’s largest emissions source, accounting for 17% of the city’s GHG emissions. To reach the Norwegian capital’s ambitious climate goals of reducing its emissions with 95% by 2030, Celsio is aiming at realizing the world’s first large-scale waste-to-energy plant with CCS in 2026.

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Harsco Environmental

Harsco’s Environmental division is the largest and most comprehensive provider of onsite material processing and environmental services to the global metals industry, with operations at over 130 customer sites across more than 32 countries. The division is a technology partner to cleaner, more efficient metal production, providing customers with economically and environmentally viable solutions for the treatment and reuse of production by-products. Visit to learn more.

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IFP Energies Nouvelles

IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) is a major research and training player in the fields of energy, transport and the environment. From scientific concepts within the framework of fundamental research, through to technological solutions in the context of applied research, innovation is central to its activities, hinged around four strategic directions: climate, environment and circular economy – renewable energies – sustainable mobility – responsible oil and gas. As part of the public-interest mission with which it has been tasked by the public authorities, IFPEN focuses its efforts on bringing solutions to the challenges facing society and industry in terms of energy and the climate, to support the ecological transition.



INPEX Corporation is Japan’s largest exploration and production (E&P) company. We are committed to helping create a brighter future for society through our efforts to develop, produce and deliver energy in a sustainable way.

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Japan Petroleum Exploration (JAPEX)

Japan Petroleum Exploration (JAPEX) is a Japanese comprehensive energy company. Our business are E&P (exploration, development, production and sales) of oil, natural gas and other energy resources, contract services related to our business operations such as drilling, and development of renewable energy resources.

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Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC) is a Japanese governmental agency with a global portfolio in energy and mineral investments. Using its technical and financial expertise in natural resources, JOGMEC is actively promoting CCS projects and CCS-related R&D to accelerate carbon neutrality.

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JX Nippon

JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation has engaged in the development and production of oil and natural gas in Japan and around the world for over 40 years as one of the principal operating companies of the ENEOS Group, Japan’s largest energy, resources and materials conglomerate.

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Kajima Corporation

Kajima Corporation, established in 1840, is a leading construction and engineering company contributing to the industrial and economic development in Japan and around the world. We have been working to develop a variety of eco-friendly concrete including the world’s first carbon negative concrete “CO2-SUICOM.”



Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. has technological capabilities, polished over a history that exceeds a century, send diverse products forth into wide-ranging fields that go beyond land, sea, and air, extending from the ocean depths to space. We have commited to the establishment of a commercial supply chain for liquefied hydrogen, the development of hydrogen power generation, and development and deployment of “Kawasaki CO2 Capture (KCC)” technology for CCS and DAC systems

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Landwärme is a renewable energy company leading the way in transforming the energy landscape, effectively creating negative emissions today. We actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by combining Carbon Capture and Storage solutions with biomethane production. As pioneers in the biomethane market, we are a leading supplier in Europe, providing certified biomethane to energy providers, public utilities, and CNG/LNG filling stations.

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Low Carbon Materials

Low Carbon Materials (LCM) is a multi-award-winning and purpose-led climate tech start-up, focused on the creation of new-age building materials to provide solutions to the Built Environment’s biggest challenges in the race to Net-Zero. For more information, visit

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Established in 2004, Mercuria is one of the largest independent energy and commodity groups in the world, bringing efficiency to the commodity value chain with technology, expertise and solutions. Mercuria’s business includes trading flows, strategic assets and structuring activities that generate more than $120 billion in turnover. The company has built upon a series of strategic acquisitions, including the physical commodities trading unit of JPMorgan Chase&Company, Noble Group’s U.S. gas and power business, and the Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, reorganized as Minerva Bunkering. It has become one of the most active players in the renewable and carbon markets, with more than fifty percent of investments dedicated to the energy transition.


Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is a global integrated business enterprise that develops and operates businesses together with its offices and subsidiaries in approximately 90 countries and regions worldwide, as well as a global network of around 1,700 group companies.

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NeoCarbon captures carbon directly from the atmosphere at scale, profitably leveraging the existing airflow and waste heat of industrial cooling towers.

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Neustark provides a solution to remove CO2 from the atmosphere by storing it in recycled concrete safely and permanently. The Swiss-based ETH spin-off offers removal credits that are commercially available since 2022. Neustark established the first third-party approved methodology for carbon mineralization which solely focuses on carbon removal.

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NEXT Carbon Solutions

NEXT Carbon Solutions is advancing proprietary processes to lower the cost of utilizing carbon capture and storage (CCS), helping customers around the world to reduce their emissions and achieve their clean energy goals. These proprietary processes can be applied to multiple industrial-scale CO2 sources including LNG facilities, power plants, midstream assets, manufacturing facilities, and others. NEXT Carbon Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of NextDecade Corporation, a clean energy company accelerating the path to a net-zero future. Leading innovation in greener LNG and carbon capture solutions, NextDecade is committed to providing the world access to cleaner energy. NextDecade is headquartered in Houston, Texas (USA) and its common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market.


Northern Lights

Northern Lights is developing the world’s first open-source CO2 transport and storage infrastructure. We deliver carbon storage as a service. Our aim is to help industrial emitters stop emissions that cannot be avoided in other ways from reaching the atmosphere.

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Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, renewable hydrogen and green fuels facilities, and bioenergy plants. Ørsted was the first energy company in the world to have its science-based net-zero emissions target validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).


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Oxy Low Carbon Ventures is a subsidiary of a subsidiary of Occidental and developing carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS) projects to remove human-made carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for use in lower carbon oil production operations

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Perspectives Climate Group

Perspectives Climate Group is internationally recognised for its innovative practical and high-quality solutions in many fields of international carbon markets and climate policy.

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Progressive Energy

Progressive Energy exists to develop and deliver clean energy projects at a scale that makes a material difference to climate change. We aim to achieve significant carbon emissions reductions through the development of decarbonisation projects such as HyNet North West, the UK’s leading CCS cluster.

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Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies that aims to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

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Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protecting in the building sector and motor vehicle industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 101 countries around the world and manufactures in over 300 factories. Sika is committed to continuously measure, improve, report and communicate sustainable value creation. “More value, less impact” refers to Sika’s commitment to maximize the value of our solutions and contributions to all stakeholders while reducing risks and resource consumption.

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South Pole

South Pole, a social enterprise recognised by the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation, is today the world’s leading climate solutions provider and carbon project developer. Since its creation in 2006, it has developed around 850 projects in over 50 countries to reduce over 200 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions, and to provide social benefits to less privileged communities who are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Projects range from sustainable agriculture, forest conservation, waste management, to energy efficiency and decentralised renewable energy.

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The Japan Gas Association

The Japan Gas Association (JGA) is an organisation consisting of approximately 200 city gas supply utilities, covering 27 million customers, or more than half of the total number of households in Japan. The JGA contributes to the economy and people’s welfare by promoting the sound development of the gas utility business, as well as coordinating the stable energy supply, ensuring safety and addressing environmental issues.



TotalEnergies is a broad energy company that produces and markets energies on a global scale: oil and biofuels natural gas and green gases renewables and electricity.

Advisory Group

The CCS+ Initiative established an Advisory Group, comprising NGOs, industry associations, academics and other CCS+ stakeholders, to guide the work and ensure that the final products will be broadly embraced and used.

Global CCS Institute

The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and deliver climate neutrality.


IETA is a non-profit business organisation with the purpose to establish a functional international framework for trading in greenhouse gas emission reductions. IETA members seek to develop an emissions trading regime that results in real and verifiable greenhouse gas emission reductions, while balancing economic efficiency with environmental integrity and social equity.


The International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA) is a non-profit organisation made up of the leading carbon reduction and offset providers in the voluntary carbon market. It unites businesses committed to establishing high standards of integrity in the market for climate solutions

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IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2021, IFC committed a record $31.5 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit

Negative Emissions Platform

Negative Emissions Platform is a unique partnership of European and international actors. We represent technology developers, providers and sponsors, research centers, academia, think-tanks and civil society.  We provide a forum in which diverse like-minded organisations actively collaborate to improve political and public recognition of carbon removals.


The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative aims to accelerate the industry response to climate change. As leaders in the industry, accounting for almost 30% of global operated oil and gas production, we aim to leverage our collective strength, so helping to achieve net zero emissions as early as possible.

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ResponsibleSteel is the first global multi-stakeholder steel standard and certification initiative, with a programme that covers both climate and GHG emissions, and all the other key ESG issues of the steel value chain. Our mission is to maximise steel’s contribution to a sustainable society. ResponsibleSteel published their International Standard version 2.0, including additional requirements on the GHG emissions performance of steel production and the responsible sourcing of input materials. ResponsibleSteel includes over 13% of global steel market by volume in membership and has over 100 million tons of certified steel across five continents (as of 2022). Businesses from every part of the steel supply chain, civil society groups, associations, and other organisations with an interest in a sustainable steel industry from anywhere in the world are welcome to join.


TNO is an independent applied research organisation. We believe in the joint creation of economic and social value. TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way.


The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies.

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The Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP) is a European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) under the European Commission’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and acts as the EU’s technical adviser on the deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), and Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) under Horizon2020 R&I programme.

Independent standard setter

The initiative has begun the process for the development and approval of a methodology under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). A concept note has been submitted and accepted by Verra. Engagement around the methodology development has begun according to the VCS rules and Verra procedures.



Verra is a non-profit organization (NGO) focused on addressing climate and sustainable development issues through the development and management of market-based standards.

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