A new study published by the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) has explored the potential for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the energy intensive chemical and derived material industries by using carbon capture and utilisation (CCU).
By using CO2 captured from industrial processes the chemical production sector can reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, lowering its environmental impact.
This captured CO2 can be used to synthesise methanol, a chemical that can be used as a substitute for conventional hydrocarbons, potentially reducing emissions by 67 to 77% compared to emissions from releasing embedded carbon of fossils fuels, when using a photovoltaic-based energy supply.
By scaling up renewable energy production, the study revealed that the reduction could increase to levels between 96 and 100%.
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