Carbon capture and storage part of the answer to global warming
There is little doubt 2024 will be a significant year in the international discussion of combating climate change.
From the release of the Sixth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in March to the COP28 meetings in Dubai, the past 12 months have seen a sharpening focus on real actions that will be required to reduce emissions.
COP28 ended with a final document acknowledging that despite “near-universal action by setting goals and sending signals,” the world is “not yet collectively on track” to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and its overarching aim to keep the global temperature increases within 1.5C of pre-industrial levels.
There is no doubt action must be taken to curb carbon emissions and limit their climate impact. And there is increasing awareness that meeting these challenges will require use of all tools available.
And to make a difference now, we must use tools that are available now.
The COP28 agreement flagged accelerating zero and low-emission technologies including carbon capture and storage, while “transitioning away from fossil fuels in energy systems”.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a proven technology that involves removing CO2 from oil and gas processing facilities, power stations or industrial facilities, and burying it underground – typically in geological structures that have held gases for millions of years.