CATF’s Decarbonized Fossil Energy work 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.
Netherlands’ SDE++ expected to accelerate industrial decarbonization as it closes final round of applications
The EU has strengthened its position as a global leader on climate action by announcing targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 per cent by 2030, relative to 1990 levels, and to achieve climate-neutrality by 2050. To deliver on these targets, it will be crucial for ambitious policy initiatives from member-states toDecarbonized Fossil Energy
CATF Statement on the European Commission’s TEN-E Revision
Today, the European Commission released its revision of the Trans-European energy infrastructure regulation, otherwise known as the TEN-E regulation. The Clean Air Task Force (CATF), a climate and energy research and advocacy organization with offices in the US and Europe, applauds the Commission’s progress on this regulation. CATF supports the European Commission for its climate […]Decarbonized Fossil Energy
What Climate Science Really Says About Carbon Capture [Video]
Watch Lee Beck, CCUS Policy Innovation Director, taking part of a panel discussion on the science behind carbon capture and utilization strategies. She summed up the findings afterwards, “The question is no longer if we need carbon capture, but how much we need to achieve net-zero emissions. We need to keep all options open to […]News & Media
Senate, House Introduce Crucial Legislation to Optimize 45Q Tax Credit for Carbon Capture Projects
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Seven Carbon Capture Policy Priorities for the Biden-Harris Administration
“We should be moving toward finding the new technologies that are going to be able to deal with carbon capture”, said President-elect Joe Biden in his town hall conversation, identifying carbon capture technologies as crucial to a pathway to deliver regional economic opportunities, create jobs, and achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century. It was probably the […]Decarbonized Fossil Energy
CATF’s Statement on UK Green Recovery Plan
CLEAN AIR TASK FORCE SUPPORTS UK GOVERNMENT’S GREEN RECOVERY PLAN FOR ITS EMPHASIS ON ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN CALLS OUT CARBON CAPTURE AND HYDROGEN AS KEY TECHNOLOGIES IN CLIMATE MITIGATION EFFORTS LONDON, November 18, 2020 — Clean Air Task Force (CATF) finds a great deal of optimism in the UK government’s Green Recovery plan that also directly […]
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.
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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 decarbonized fossil energy.
Research and Technical Director
Program Director, Decarbonized Fossil Energy
S. Ming Sung
Chief Advisor, Asia Pacific
Technology and Markets Director
Senior Counsel and Legal Director