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.
As Europe Progresses Net-Zero Infrastructure US Risks Technology Leadership
Last month the International Energy Agency made headlines with a stark warning about the potential climate impacts of failing to commercialize carbon capture technologies, concluding that it will be “virtually impossible” to reach net-zero emissions without carbon capture. The IEA’s latest carbon capture report also reckoned that with ample geologic storage for CO₂ available, successDecarbonized Fossil Energy
Storing CO2: Planning Tomorrow’s Net-Zero Infrastructure
Experts say that carbon capture to decarbonize energy-intensive industries and reduce historical emissions is an essential part of the world’s pathway to a net-zero emissions future. What is often overlooked, however, is the urgent need to develop CO2 storage infrastructure in saline formations today. After all, how would capturing CO2 from factories or the air reduce emissions if we cannot permanently dispose of […]Decarbonized Fossil Energy
Six Key Ways Petra Nova Has Shown That Carbon Capture Works
Why Petra Nova Matters: In Asia, there are 600 GW of coal power plants that are under ten years old. These plants will likely operate for decades before closing. By then, it will be too late to address climate change unless they install carbon capture. The Petra Nova project shows that carbon dioxide capture and sequestration works on a commercial scale. Petra Nova’s example can be replicated not just on other coal plants but also on cement, steel, and gas power plants.Decarbonized Fossil Energy
Petra Nova: De-risking Carbon Capture Business Models with Saline Storage
The carbon capture facility Petra Nova has made headlines recently when it stopped capturing CO2. “Earlier this spring when oil prices fell, we ceased operations at Petra Nova and the delivery of CO2 to the West Ranch Oil Field,” Chris Rimel, a spokesman of NRG, the company that runs the plant, said in a statement […]News & Media
CATF launches Carbon Capture Projects Interactive Map
CATF launches carbon capture projects interactive map on eve of Senate EPW hearing to examine development and deployment of large-scale carbon dioxide management technologies.Decarbonized Fossil Energy
Interactive Map of CCUS Projects in Development in the U.S.
The expanded and extended 45Q tax credit for carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) projects passed by the U.S. Congress in early 2018 is the most significant carbon capture-specific incentive available, globally, and is spurring the progress of dozens of projects around the country. Other nations that are looking to create successful carbon reduction policies […]
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
Senior Advisor, Asia Pacific
Technology and Markets Director
Senior Counsel and Legal Director