History of CATO
The first CATO program started in 2004. This program involved cooperation between 17 partners and lasted from 2004-2008, with PhD work ongoing until 2009. “CATO-1” has provided several innovations that have put the Netherlands in a leading position in the international CCS community. The successor to the first program was “CATO-2” and involved cooperation between 35 partners. It lasted from 2010-2014. It was a demand-driven R&D program and focused on facilitating and enabling integrated CCS development and demos. After 2014, the CATO network of researchers and industry remained active. There were annual events, and the CATO program office, which remained in place, helped shape CCS and CCU research and innovation policies. Today our ambition is to become more active in maintaining and expanding our network and to disseminate and safegard the (inter)national CCS and CCU knowledge.
Connection to international CCS programs
Participants in the CATO program are involved in many projects and networks regarding CCS, like those funded by ACT and CETP. This helps ensure coordination with ongoing and envisaged research efforts in these programs. Members of the CATO program are also involved in international Boards such as IEA-GHG, EERA JP (Joint Program) CCS, CO2 GEONET (Storage), CO2 Value Europe, ECCSEL, TKI Nieuw Gas (CCS) and ETP-ZEP.