Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) is an urgent necessity.
CCUS technologies can capture more than 90% of CO2 emissions from industrial facilities and power plants. CCUS is one of the few solutions for emissions from heavy industries like fuels and chemical manufacturing and cement and steel production.
CCUS technologies are reducing our emissions today.
Globally, 21 large-scale facilities – including 13 in the US – currently capture approximately 42 million tons of CO2 per year. Right now, in the US alone, hundreds of facilities are leveraging CCUS technologies, and more than 30 new carbon capture projects are in various stages of development.
CCUS has been safely in use for half a century.
CCUS is evolving, but it’s not new. The US has 50-year track record of safely capturing, transporting, using, and storing CO2 at large-scale. CO2is nonflammable and is safely transported across the country by over 5,000 miles of pipelines before being stored securely in suitable geologic formations where it is closely monitored.
CCUS is a critical part of the clean energy economy.
At the level of growth needed to effectively meet 2050 net-zero emissions goals, the US carbon capture market is expected to produce hundreds of thousands of direct, high-paying jobs. CCUS infrastructure will strengthen our country’s industrial and agricultural base, drive demand for American-made materials, and support additional manufacturing and construction jobs.
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There is not one realistic study on deep decarbonization that offers a way from here to there without CCUS.
But most people still don’t know much about CCUS – how it works or what it means for our economy and our environment.
If we want to be serious about addressing greenhouse gas emissions, then we need to be serious about CCUS.
The Capture Action Project is a group of individuals, corporations, trade associations and charitable foundations dedicated to demystifying CCUS through proactive, fact-based dialogue on policy and the real role of CCUS technology and infrastructure.