CCUS must be a part of the net-zero solution
Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) is identified by the world’s leading climate and energy bodies – the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) – as neccessary for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.
Experts agree that CCUS will be vital for hard-to-abate sectors like cement, steel, and ammonia (fertiliser) production, where no other viable solutions currently exist.
Carbon dioxide removal will play an increasinlgy important role in a net zero future and capturing CO2 already in the atmosphere, through Direct Air Capture (DAC) and either utilising the captured CO2 or storing it geologically underground (DACCS).
CCUS is considered an important part of a net zero solution because it can help to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large emission sources such as heavy industry, which are major contributors to climate change. CCUS involves capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from large emission sources before it is released into the atmosphere, then transporting and storing it underground in depleted oil and gas reservoirs or saline aquifers. This effectively removes the CO2 from the atmosphere, reducing emissions.