The EFI Foundation, in collaboration with carbon capture solutions company Carbon Clean, has released a groundbreaking report outlining the potential for significant carbon emissions reductions in the US.
The report, titled “A New Industrial Backbone: Exploring U.S. Regional CCUS Hubs for Small-to-Midsize Industrial Emitters,” proposes a new coordinated regional approach to carbon capture that could have a substantial effect on cutting industrial carbon emissions.
Published by EFI Foundation CEO Ernest J. Moniz, the report suggests the creation of four industrial CO2 capture clusters throughout the US, which could serve as regional hubs for small-to-midsize industrial emitters.
These regional hubs include the Greater Houston area, Louisiana, the Ohio River Valley, and the southern Great Lakes region.
In these four clusters alone, there are 734 small to medium-sized units that collectively emit 72 million metric tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) per year. The identified areas also have the necessary infrastructure to significantly scale up CCUS projects.
Former US Secretary of Energy, Ernest J. Moniz also emphasized the importance of pursuing industrial decarbonization and carbon dioxide removal in order to reach climate goals. He commented: “Carbon capture, utilization, and storage hubs are pathways to effective industrial decarbonization of small and midsize emitters.”
Roughly 25% of the overall greenhouse gas emissions in the United States come from industries that are difficult to transition to lower emissions. In recent years, smaller industrial emitters have tried to reduce their carbon output but have struggled because of their limited resources and the high costs involved.
This is why a regional cluster approach to CCUS could help these companies overcome the logistical and financial barriers to decarbonization on a smaller, individual basis.
Chair and CEO of Carbon Clean, Aniruddha Sharma, shared that the advancement of innovative technology for smaller-scale carbon capture, like Carbon Clean’s CycloneCC, greatly decreases the financial investment and space needed.
The EFI Foundation Report sets a new path for tackling industrial emissions and could potentially be used as a model for other areas and nations seeking substantial cuts in their carbon output.