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.
Profile: How Porthos is decarbonizing industry in the Netherlands
Decarbonizing industry is particularly vital for countries like the Netherlands where a significant proportion of emissions come from industrial hubs. With the revision of the Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) Regulation firmly on the climate agenda, Mark Driessen from Porthos spoke with us about the importance of recognizing CO2 storage and transport modalities other thanDecarbonized Fossil Energy
Profile: Fortum Oslo Varme on the role of shipping in European carbon capture projects
Fortum Oslo Varme joined us for a chat on their plans to implement the first full-scale carbon capture and storage project capturing flue gas CO2 from a waste-to-energy plant. European carbon capture projects like this are impacted by the EU regulatory framework – including TEN-E – which is why we want to hear from as […]Decarbonized Fossil Energy
A Round-up of Carbon Capture Projects Around The World
2021 will be a year of climate commitments. On the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the pressure is mounting for nations to raise their ambitions and set firm commitments to reach net-zero by 2050. The nature of those commitments will dictate investment for years to come, which is why the global climate community must […]Decarbonized Fossil Energy
U.S. Lawmakers introduce a suite of bills to support carbon capture
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2021 – U.S. lawmakers introduced three pieces of legislation aimed at accelerating the deployment of carbon capture, removal, and storage for a net-zero U.S. A group of Senators led by Tina Smith (D-MN) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the 45Q Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Tax Credit Amendments Act of 2021, a “crucial piece of legislation that optimizes the 45Q tax credit to support carbon capture, removal, and storage as a critical […]Decarbonized Fossil Energy
US CO₂ Storage and Transport – The Role of the SCALE Act
The Storing CO₂ and Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act includes key policy pillars designed to overcome the barriers and drive CO₂ infrastructure deployment in the U.S.: The Secure Geologic Storage Infrastructure Development Program will build upon the CarbonSAFE program to provide DOE cost share for commercial CO₂ storage hubs. Increased funding for EPA Class VI CO₂ […]Decarbonized Fossil Energy
Profile: Stockholm Exergi’s need for cross-border CO2 transport options
Bio-CCS’ role on path to net-zero – dependent on legislative framework’s recognition of shipping and CO2 storage. Tapping into ongoing discussions in Sweden on Bio-CCS’ vital role on the path to net-zero by 2050, Fabian Levihn from Stockholm Exergi had a chat with us on the ongoing revision of the TEN-E Regulation. Why is Stockholm Exergi […]
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