Carbon Dioxide 101

WHAT ARE PEOPLE DOING NOW TO MANAGE CO2?

A combined portfolio of carbon management options is being implemented to reduce current emission levels associated with energy production while maintaining energy security and building the technologies and knowledge base needed to mitigate carbon emissions. The U.S. portfolio includes:

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  Monitoring well at the an NETL-sponsored
CO2 storage project (click to enlarge)
  1. Use fuels with reduced carbon intensity – renewables, nuclear, and natural gas
  2. Adopt more efficient technologies on both the energy demand and supply sides
  3. Develop and implement carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

Carbon capture and storage is the separation and capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial processes followed by the transportation and safe, permanent storage of it in deep underground geologic formations. CCS is a viable management option for anthropogenic CO2 because numerous studies have shown that it can account for up to 55 percent of the emissions mitigation needed to stabilize and ultimately reduce concentrations of CO2. Since 1997, DOE’s Carbon Storage Program has significantly advanced CCS through a diverse portfolio of applied research projects that include industry, academia, and other research facility technology development projects; and collaborative research through the national laboratory network including NETL’s Research & Innovation Center. There are numerous projects across the country where CO2 is being injected into suitable rock layers underground to study the ability to safely store it. There is also the potential to develop approaches that can convert captured CO2 into useful products, such as a fuel, chemicals, or plastics.

Myth: Nothing is being done about managing CO2 emissions from large-scale anthropogenic sources.
Reality: Advances in carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a CO2 mitigation option that is occurring through research and development efforts in the United States and around the world.

Learn more about carbon capture and storage.