A new project has set out to identify policies and actions that will facilitate the capture, storage and use of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Texas.

The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation is funding the project at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, in hope to kick-start collaborative action to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions in the Texas Gulf Coast region.

Led by the Baker Institute’s Centre for Energy Studies, the project brings together representatives of industry, environmental groups, academic and other stakeholders.

Ken Medlock, Senior Director of the Centre for Energy Studies, is coordinating the effort which will examine various region-specific policy pathways that can be used by state and local officials to develop the most effective carbon capture policy.

Commenting on the project, Medlock, said, “Texas has a unique opportunity to lead in this space, given its tremendous geologic endowment, industrial footprint, and engineering and subsurface knowledge.”

“Identifying pathways to facilitate leadership and communicating those with policymakers and industry leaders has been the goal of this effort for the past year.”

Ed Emmett, fellow in energy and transportation policy at the Baker Institute, is working with Medlock to draw the various interests together and convene strategy sessions.

Emmett, added, “With so many controversies and divisions in public policy these days, the effort to remove CO2 emissions is, hopefully, an opportunity to form a consensus around a key issue. We hope to provide policymakers with the facts needed to reach agreement.”