Carbon capture and use can reduce, recycle or even remove emissions from the atmosphere, but its role in climate action depends on the carbon’s origin and destination.
Sonja van Renssen@sonjavanrenssen
The question is not whether trees, CCS and direct air capture are needed, but what will deliver carbon removal at scale.
In 2020, net-zero pledges fell thick and fast from policymakers and businesses alike. In 2021, those ambitious words need to be turned into concrete actions.
Two chemical industry heads give their views on how to make the sector part of the EU's energy transition.
A climate neutral energy system requires green hydrogen made from renewables to transport and store clean power, and take it into other sectors such as industry and transport. Europe is taking a lead, but climate campaigners caution that hydrogen must really be green and remain complementary to direct electrification.
While the goal may be green hydrogen from renewable power, blue hydrogen from natural gas with carbon capture and storage will be a cheaper, faster way to reduce industrial emissions and build demand for clean hydrogen over the next ten years.