At the event, the Global CCS Institute focused on the importance of accelerating global efforts towards a clean energy transition and how carbon capture and storage (CCS) can support the decarbonisation of the industrial sector.
“Urbanisation, economic prosperity, and pollution growth are set to drive increased demand for industrial products exacerbating the pressing need to address head on the challenge of abating industrial emissions,” said Guloren Turan, General Manager for Advocacy and Communications at the Global CCS Institute.
“Little attention has been given to CCS as part of the portfolio of mitigation options that can play a key role in decarbonising heavy industry. We need transformational change in the industry sector. This will require investment, collaboration, ambition and action.”
In manufacturing sectors such as steel and cement, which accounted for approximately 12% of total direct CO2 emissions in 2017, CCS remains a key decarbonisation technology.
CCS technology also has the ability to decarbonise hydrogen production, currently responsible for roughly 700 mtpa of carbon dioxide annually, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
“CCUS is a major pathway for industrial decarbonisation – one of the harder challenges of our energy system,” said Kurt Waltzer, Managing Director at Clean Air Task Force.
“Zero carbon liquid fuels are an important potential solution for this sector, and CCUS is one of the most affordable methods for making these types of fuel. In addition, some industries, like steel and cement, can’t prevent the generation of CO2 emissions, they can only be mitigated with CCUS.”
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