BP (LON: BP), the London-based energy giant, will host a series of town hall meetings focused on carbon capture and storage (CCS) in various counties in the U.S. state of Indiana where it is contemplating potential carbon capture projects, The New York Times reported last week.
The move is aimed at fostering transparency and community engagement, according to an article published on the NYT website Thursday.
BP is looking to address climate change and reduce emissions mainly at its BP Whiting Refinery just southeast of Chicago, and is also exploring possibilities for other carbon-intensive industrial sites like steel mills in Northwest Indiana.
During the sessions, to be held in Benton, Newton, Lake, Pulaski, White, and Jasper county, company representatives will provide updates on potential projects under consideration as well as general insight into the intricacies of carbon capture.
The public community meetings are scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on the following dates and locations:
- September 12th at the Fowler Theater, 111 E. 5th St. in Fowler
- September 13th at Fair Oaks Farms, 856 N 600 E in Fair Oaks
- September 14th at the Hammond Sportsplex and Community Center, 6630 Indianapolis Boulevard in Hammond
- September 19th at Meadow Springs Manor, 8631 S. U.S. 421 in Francesville
- September 20th at Best Western Plus Brandywine Inn & Suites, 304 S. 6th St. in Monticello
- September 21st at The Connection Center, 1317 15th St., SE in DeMotte
Historically, BP has been a substantial emitter of carbon, but it now faces mounting regulatory pressure worldwide to curb emissions.
The energy giant has set an ambitious goal to reach net zero by 2050 at the latest.
One of BP’s largest operational footprints is in the United States, where it operates the former Standard Oil Refinery along the Lake Michigan lakefront in Whiting, Hammond, and East Chicago.
The site, which is the company’s largest refinery in the world, serves seven states and produces various petroleum products, including gasoline, jet fuel, and asphalt.
BP has committed substantial investments in the United States, exceeding $145 billion since 2005.
In recent times, the company has been actively diversifying its portfolio beyond fossil fuels as part of its broader sustainability and emissions reduction efforts.