Carbon capture: storage vs utilisation


As the global energy industry begins to shift further towards renewables and creating a net zero energy economy by 2050, discussions and debates have arisen around the topics of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

During a virtual conference attended by gasworld entitled ‘CCS and Waste-to-Energy – Connecting Decarbonisation and the Circular Economy’ questions were raised about the nature of CCS/CCUS and whether focusing on the ‘utilisation’ aspect of carbon capture is currently redundant, as such a small proportion of the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that needs to be captured will ever end up being used.

When asked by host Chris Davies, former Member of the European Parliament, if this was a fair viewpoint, Suzana Carp, Political Strategy Director at energy foundation Bellona, agreed, stating that the nature of permanently sequestering the CO2 provides an environmental benefit as it is.

She continued, saying, “Maybe before we start building new cities with materials made completely with CCU technologies we should start to decarbonise the cities we have now to try to see if we can reach a net zero status.”

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