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Not all carbon capture projects are created equal. Here’s which ones are environmental winners

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Not all carbon capture and utilization methods offer equal environmental benefits
Some methods, like turning captured CO2 into concrete, are beneficial for the planet, while others, such as using it for enhanced oil recovery, can worsen climate change
This differentiation is crucial in evaluating the effectiveness of various carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) projects

🔭 The context: The Global CO₂ Initiative at the University of Michigan highlights the varied impacts of different carbon capture projects
While some projects create valuable products like construction materials or fuels, others, especially those involving underground storage without creating products, can be economically and environmentally less efficient

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Choosing the right carbon capture projects is vital for effective climate action
Environmentally beneficial methods, such as converting CO2 into durable materials like concrete, offer both economic value and help reduce atmospheric CO2 levels
In contrast, methods that lead to more fossil fuel extraction negate potential climate benefits

⏭️ What's next: The focus should be on selecting and scaling up carbon capture methods that provide the best combination of environmental and economic benefits
This requires careful monitoring to ensure these technologies do not delay the necessary phaseout of fossil fuels

💬 One quote: "Because climate change is such a complex problem that is harming people throughout the world, as well as future generations, I believe it is imperative that actions are not only fast, but also well thought out and based in evidence." (Volker Sick, Professor of Advanced Energy Research, University of Michigan)

📈 One stat: The global CCUS market is anticipated to expand significantly, with a projected Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13.2%

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