What is Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage?
Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) is an integrated suite of technologies that can prevent large quantities of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO₂) from being released into the atmosphere.
Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage or CCUS is a term that refers to technologies that capture the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) and store it safely underground so that it does not contribute to climate change. CCUS includes capturing CO2 from both large emission sources (referred to as point-source capture) and directly from the atmosphere.
Point-source capture is when a large emission source, like an industrial facility, is equipped with technology allowing the capture and diversion to storage of CO2, preventing it from being emitted. It is also possible to remove historical CO2 emissions already in the atmosphere through direct air capture and storage (DACCS) or bioenergy with capture and storage (BECCS).
CCUS can be applied across sectors vital to our economy, including cement, steel, fertilizers, power generation and natural gas processing, and can be used to produce clean hydrogen. Learn more about CCUS here.
How Does CCS Work?
Carbon capture and storage involves three steps – capture, transport, and storage.