Carbon capture is the process by which carbon dioxide (CO2) is captured from the atmosphere or some industrial processes and stored securely. The reason for carbon capture is to reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere, thereby helping to reduce the adverse 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 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 captures carbon dioxide (CO2) before it enters the atmosphere, transporting and storing it for centuries. Typically, this CO2 is captured from significant sources like chemical or biomass power plants and stored in underground geological formations. The goal is to prevent CO2 from being released to mitigate climate change’s effects.
As with all plants, trees consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen during photosynthesis, so why not simply plant more trees? While this is certainly an excellent 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 experts play a crucial role in addressing climate change by developing, implementing, and optimizing technologies and strategies for capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from various sources. Their work encompasses technology development, feasibility studies, project design, environmental impact assessment, carbon store matters, monitoring, verification, and safety risk assessment.
Although carbon capture technology has been around for decades, stripping carbon from factory emissions and removing carbon already in the air is expensive. Thus, until governments realize the harm and make releasing carbon into the air expensive for violators, there’s little economic incentive to use it.
Among its 150+ experts, Lee Enterprises Consulting has a wide range of services in bioenergy, biomaterials and chemicals, biotechnologies, and feedstocks. We certainly have specialists in carbon capture and storage, as well as many other specialty services within the bioeconomy, including carbon credits & markets, Life Cycle Analysis/GREET, Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS), Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), expert witness engagements, market studies, compliance reporting, environmental compliance, DOE merit reviews, intellectual property (IP) assistance, EPA compliance, process safety & management (PSM), regulatory requirement reviews, OSHA compliance, attestations, benchmarking, BQ9000 preparation, executive recruiting, food safety & defense, insurance selection & procurement, laboratory testing, land & natural resource services, operational audits, permitting, Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI), safety training and wildlife habitat, to name a few.
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See also Carbon Capture Sequestration.