The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has delivered a carbon capture, utilisation and sequestration (CCUS) report to Congress to support President Biden’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Published at the end of June, the report provides an inventory of existing permitting requirements for CCUS deployment and identifies best practices for advancing the efficient, orderly, and responsible development of CCUS projects at increased scale.

CCUS technologies already play a big part in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. Launched in March, the American Jobs Plan looks for increased support for research, development, demonstration and deployment. 

Further to that it also looks to enhance the Section 45Q tax incentive for CCUS to make it direct pay and easier to use for hard-to-decarbonise industrial applications, direct air capture, and retrofits of existing power plants.

On the report, and the US’ wider commitments, Brenda Mallory, CEQ Chair, said, “To avoid the worst impacts of climate change and reach President Biden’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, we need to safely develop and deploy technologies that keep carbon pollution from entering the air and remove pollution from the air.”

“The report we are releasing today outlines a framework for how the US. can accelerate carbon capture technologies and projects in a way that benefits all communities.”

As well as outlining CCUS plans laid out in the American Jobs Plan, the report also details the existing regulatory framework that is already in place and capable of permitting and reviewing actions for CCUS, while also protecting the environment, public health, and safety as these projects move forward. 

The report was drafted with input from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Departments of Energy, the Interior, Transportation, and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council.

In the coming months, CEQ will convene an interagency working group to develop further guidance based on the report, and will establish no fewer than two CCUS regional task forces, as required by Congress.

CEQ intends to issue any new guidance to agencies by the end of the year.