CATF’s work in carbon capture aims to enable global energy system decarbonization by 2070. CATF works towards this goal by developing and advocating for policies aimed at making carbon capture technologies cost competitive with using dirty fossil fuels for power generation and for use in the industrial sector, globally.
California advances critical bill to accelerate carbon capture
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2021 – On Monday, the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee voted to advance AB 1395, The California Climate Crisis Act, “a positive step toward net-zero emissions that takes into account the critical role carbon capture and sequestration has to play,” according to Lee Beck International Director, Carbon Capture at Clean Air Task Force. The bill declares the state’s policy to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible, and no later than 2045.Carbon Capture
White House Report Reaffirms Commitment to Advancing Critical Carbon Capture Technologies
Washington, DC, June 30, 2021 – Today, the White House Council on Environmental Quality presented “a landmark report reaffirming the Administration’s commitment to advancing carbon capture, removal, and storage technologies, which are critical to tackling climate change,” said Lee Beck, International Director, Carbon Capture, at Clean Air Task Force. The Council on Environmental Quality Report to Congress, mandated by the Utilizing Significant […]Carbon Capture
U.S. Senators introduce critical improvement to 45Q tax credit, completing proposed carbon capture legislative package
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2021 – U.S. Senators introduced the CATCH (Coordinated Action To Capture Harmful Emissions) Act today, which raises the value of the 45Q tax credit, a crucial incentive for accelerating carbon capture and storage projects. “Carbon capture is critical to decarbonizing our global energy system, and its momentum in the U.S. is at an all-time high. We are thrilled to see the CATCH […]Carbon Capture
Europe’s carbon capture activity must prompt policymakers to take action: More than 40 projects announced
Clean Air Task Force’s (CATF) Europe Carbon Capture Project and Activity Map shows more than 40 carbon capture projects have been announced across 13 different European countries. These announcements signal unprecedented industry interest in developing and deploying carbon capture and storage facilities for a climate-neutral Europe. This should be a wake-up call for policymakers as […]Carbon Capture
Legislators Introduce Coordinated Action To Capture Harmful (CATCH) Emissions Act to Enhance 45Q Tax Credit for Industrial, Power Sector Decarbonization
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2021 – U.S. lawmakers have introduced the CATCH (Coordinated Action To Capture Harmful Emissions) Act to raise the value of the 45Q tax credit that incentivizes the deployment of carbon capture technologies, rounding out a legislative policy package that could help grow US carbon management capacity 13-fold by the mid-2030s. “Carbon capture is critical to decarbonizing our global system, and we are witnessing unprecedented momentum. The bipartisan CATCH Act is an important piece in the puzzle to improve […]
The amount of carbon dioxide released globally from energy use is staggering at 36 billion tonnes. For power plants that will continue to use coal and natural gas, carbon capture can mitigate CO2 emissions. Global industrial sources such as chemical, cement, iron and steel production account for approximately a fifth of all CO2 emissions, which cannot be mitigated through any other technology other than carbon capture and sequestration. Carbon Capture can keep millions of tonnes of CO2 emitted from these sources out of the atmosphere, making it a critical tool in the global climate solution toolbox. The individual technologies that comprise carbon capture have been commercially available for many decades, but are only now being harnessed to address global warming.
CATF takes into account the role for CCS technology globally as modeled by the IEA and IPCC and works backwards to develop, evaluate, and implement a roadmap of policies that will allow the technology to scale, deploy globally, and deliver necessary CO2 reductions to meet climate goals. CATF works to ensure that by 2030 carbon capture technologies have achieved cost parity with unabated fossil and policy pathways exist to help deploy carbon capture globally at a meaningful scale.
Scope of Work
Policy Development & Advocacy: CATF advocates for policies, regulations, and incentives that would drive carbon capture deployment in both the power and industrial sectors, and expand the existing network CO2 pipelines and storage sites.
Commercial Assessment & Support: CATF evaluates emerging technologies, promotes business partnerships that develop new projects, and supports plans to advance carbon capture hubs composed of pipeline and storage sites. CATF leads information sharing and business-to-business partnership building through workshops and site tours.
Carbon Capture Economics & Analysis: CATF conducts extensive research and modeling to understand the factors that impact CCS deployment including costs, market ecosystem barriers, and business models.
Education & Outreach: CATF seeks to educate policy makers and stakeholders on the long-term carbon reduction benefits of carbon capture technology and to enable critical path policy choices that will enable the technology to play its part in achieving significant carbon reductions from the unabated use of fossil fuels. CATF has played a catalytic role in forming broad coalitions of support for carbon capture.
- The carbon capture incentive that U.S. Congress adopted in February 2018, 45Q, is a milestone victory in advancing carbon capture technology. CATF had been working on this outcome for 10 years. CATF helped create the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative that is now the Carbon Capture Coalition, which includes both conservative and liberal stakeholders and advocates for carbon capture technology.
- CATF helped secure the adoption of federal reporting and accounting rules by EPA (subpart RR) for geologic storage that helps enable targeted incentives such as 45Q.
- CATF helped secure the adoption of federal standards under EPA’s Carbon Pollution Rule that requires new coal power plants to meet emission limits that are consistent with the use of carbon capture and storage technology.
- CATF led a modeling study with Charles River Associates showing the impact of 45Q and other proposed incentives on the deployment of carbon capture in the U.S. power sector. CATF’s analysis based on this study has been instrumental in communicating the impacts of potential incentives to policymakers and other stakeholders.
- CATF helped secure the DOE grants program that resulted in three active power and industrial CCS projects in North America.
- In China, CATF brought carbon capture and CO2 EOR technology know-how and learning to China’s four largest oil companies and their regional subsidiaries. Visited numerous regional Chinese carbon capture-related research and pilot project sites typically out of view of Westerners and have compiled project data and strategies to help those projects mature to commercial stage. Established an offshore carbon storage partnership between the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Guangdong and the University of Texas at Austin Gulf Coast Carbon Center, as well as a number of business-to-business partnerships between Chinese and US companies. Conducted a half dozen field study workshops for Chinese companies in Texas to learn about carbon dioxide management and pipeline design.
What We're Working On
US Federal Incentives
California Climate Programs
China Information Sharing and Partnership Building
Meet our staff members working in carbon capture.
Research and Technical Director
Program Director, Carbon Capture
S. Ming Sung
Chief Advisor, Asia Pacific
Technology and Markets Director
Senior Counsel and Legal Director
International Director, Carbon Capture
Policy Specialist, Carbon Capture
Commercialization and Policy Manager