Carbon capture is the process by which carbon dioxide (CO2) is captured from the atmosphere or some industrial processes and stored in a secure location. The reason for carbon capture is to reduce the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere, thereby helping to reduce the negative effects of climate change. Capturing carbon dioxide is most often done at the point of emission or from the atmosphere, either indirectly or directly. The carbon is separated from other gases, transported, and then later buried or stored in a suitable deep, underground place. As the private sector continues to rally around climate change and investment, carbon capture, and storage (CCS) is a primary consideration. CCS is the process of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) before it enters the atmosphere, and then transporting it and storing it for centuries. Normally, this CO2 is captured from large sources like chemical or biomass power plants and then stored in some underground geological formation. The goal is to prevent CO2 from being released in hopes of mitigating the effects of climate change.
As with all plants, trees consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen during photosynthesis, so why not simply plant more trees? While this is certainly a very good idea and is being pursued worldwide, it is not the only answer. The reality is that they cannot be planted fast enough to do the job by themselves. When we look at climate change realistically, we understand that meaningful change will require an “all of the above” approach. At a minimum, it starts with more incentive to invest in technologies that limit emissions, increased natural solutions (like panting more trees), and severe regulation and enforcement on current “pollution offenders”.
Carbon capture technology has been around for decades. It is used to strip carbon out of factory emissions and remove carbon that’s already in the air. However, it is expensive, and until the cost of releasing carbon into the air rises, there’s little economic incentive to use it.
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