Shell carbon capture plant emits more carbon than it captures


A carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility in Alberta, Canada has produced more carbon than it has captured over the last five years, according to a study by Global Witness.

As the energy transition accelerates, focus has intensified on the development of fossil fuel alternatives such as green hydrogen and carbon capture. 

Shell’s Quest CCS project has been described by the company as being a ‘thriving example’ of how CCS technology can significantly reduce carbon emissions. 

However, a study released by non-governmental organisation (NGO) Global Witness (GW) has revealed that over the past five years Quest has captured 5m tonnes of carbon but during the same time period emitted a further 7.5m tonnes of ‘climate polluting gases’, a carbon footprint equivalent to 1.2m petrol cars. 

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