Carbon capture and sequestration

Storing carbon to reduce emissions

Because the transition away from coal and other fossil-based fuels will take time, EDF supports the development of techniques that substantially reduce emissions — especially those that reduce carbon dioxide (CO2), a major cause of climate change. One method in particular has the potential to make a huge contribution in reducing CO2: carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), also sometimes referred to as carbon capture and storage.

CCS is a process that prevents CO2 from being released into the atmosphere through capture and storage underground in geologic formations. Several CCS techniques are proven and viable, already being deployed today. Carbon dioxide has been captured from industrial processes for many decades. And for many decades, the oil business has injected millions of tons of CO2 per year for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), where oil not recovered in the initial withdrawal process is pushed to the surface by injecting CO2.

A price on carbon emissions would help drive widespread deployment, but already many demonstration projects exist, most notably: In Salah in Algeria, Sleipner in the North Sea, and Weyburn in North America.

While there are many challenges to CCS – including an incomplete regulatory framework, high costs and in some regions, the challenge of finding suitable sequestration sites – there are also opportunities. With job creation and CO2 reduction, CCS has potential to be a win-win solution for the economy and the environment.

Carbon capture and sequestration workshops

Since 2007 EDF has partnered with Natural Resources Defense Council to increase CCS public awareness and education. The workshop presentations below were filmed on March 5, 2009 in New York City.

  • James Dooley
    Senior Staff Engineer, Joint Global Change Research Institute
    Presentation: Overview of Selected Issues Associated with the Scale of the Climate Change Challenge and the Potential Role of Large Scale Commercial Deployment of Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Technologies
    Video | PDF
  • Sally Benson
    Executive Director, Global Climate & Energy Project, Stanford University
    Presentation: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration in Deep Geological Formations
    | PDF
  • Julio Friedmann
    Leader, Energy & Environment Directorate, Carbon Management Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Presentation: Carbon Sequestration Risks and Hazards: What we know and what we don’t know
    (presentation given by Sally Benson)| PDF
  • Gardiner Hill
    Director, BP Alternative Energy Global Carbon Sequestration Technology Group
    Presentation: Carbon Capture & Sequestration: Views from Industry
    Video | PDF
  • Caroline Angoorly
    Head of Environmental Markets - North America J.P. Morgan, Global Commodities
    Presentation: Carbon Capture & Sequestration: Views from Industry, Part II
    | PDF
  • Tim Bradley
    President, Kinder-Morgan CO2 Company
    Presentation: Carbon Capture & Sequestration: The Enhanced Oil Recovery Story
    | PDF
  • Ronald T. Evans, Senior Vice President, Reservoir Engineering, Denbury Resources
    Presentation: Carbon Capture & Sequestration: The Enhanced Oil Recovery Story
    Video | PDF
  • Mark Brownstein
    Managing Director of Business Partnerships, Environmental Defense Fund
    Presentation: CCS Policy Context
    Video | PDF
  • David Hawkins
    Director, Climate Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council
    Presentation: CCS Policy Needs: Reconciling Coal and Climate
    Video | PDF
  • Stephen Heare
    Director, Drinking Water Protection Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Environmental Protection Agency
    Presentation: EPA’s Geologic Sequestration Rulemaking
    | PDF
  • Howard Herzog
    Principal Researcher, CCS Technologies Program, Laboratory for Energy & the Environment, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Presentation: Carbon Capture & Sequestration Economics
    Video | PDF
  • Susan Hovorka
    Principal Investigator, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas
    Presentation: Key Field Studies and Conclusions
    Video | PDF

Third-party CCS resources

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