Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies: research and climate aspects

SAPEA  has published its second Evidence Review Report titled Novel Carbon Capture and Utilisation Technologies: research and climate aspects. The report explores whether Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) technologies have the potential to contribute significantly to mitigating the effects of climate change.

As an integral part of the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM), SAPEA was asked to produce this Evidence Review Report to inform the Scientific Opinion of the European Commission Group of Chief Scientific Advisors in response to a request from Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete.

CCU technologies aim to extract carbon dioxide from either concentrated sources or directly from ambient air, and then use it as a raw material for carbon-containing products, such as fuels, chemical products, and building materials.

The report identifies a need for innovation in policy domains, and from systemic and technology perspectives. Some main recommendations in these areas are as follows:

  1. Measures, regulations and incentives should be used to examine the energy system (including CCU) in a holistic, integrated, coordinated and transparent manner.
  2. A systemic approach is required when evaluating the energy system and CCU systems, and further development is needed in stakeholder awareness and consistency of definitions.
  3. Key technological challenges must be tackled in the areas of collection and purification of CO2 from different sources, synthesis of green-hydrogen and technologies for carbon dioxide conversion to fuels and chemicals.

To produce the CCU Evidence Review Report, SAPEA brought together experts from across Europe, via the European Academy Networks. The experts formed a working group which was chaired by Professor Robert Schlögl (Fritz-Haber-Institute, Germany), and Professor Marco Mazzotti (ETH Zürich, Switzerland).

Professor Bernard Charpentier 2018 Chair of the SAPEA board said:

“SAPEA is delighted to present its second Evidence Review report. This report is the result of hard work and commitment from our working group, who have shown dedication to explaining what current knowledge can tell us about potential future developments in the field of CO2 management, energy and climate action. This topic is another example of successful collaboration with the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors and we are pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute to policy making in this important area.”

Download the press release.

 Download the SAPEA Evidence Review Report: Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies: research and climate aspects. 









Download the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors Scientific Opinion: Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies.









The report of the scientific expert workshop from 25 January 2018 is available here.

Find out more about public events organised by academies to explore this topic, in the Netherlands and Slovenia.


Carbon capture and utilisation for climate change: hype or hope? SAPEA at ESOF2018

As part of the Euro Science Open Forum 2018, the Scientific Advice Mechanism will present its newly published Evidence Review Report and Scientific Opinion. This session has been jointly organised by SAPEA and the SAM unit and takes place at 10.15-11.30 on Wednesday 11 July as part of the Science Programme.

Carbon is a vital element at the basis of our life on Earth. Yet carbon dioxide produced by human activities is one of the main Green-House Gases (GHG) responsible for climate change. Managing CO2 in our atmosphere is one of the greatest social, economical and political challenges of our time.

Further details about the session and the speakers can be found below:

In this session speakers including Maria Da Graça Carvalho (European Commission), Antonella Di Trapani (Euro-CASE), Elvira Fortunato (European Commission Group of Chief Scientific Advisors),  Tomas Matraia (Moderator, The Adwisers), David Nevicato (Total) and Robert Schloegl (SAPEA Working Group chair for the CCU) will discuss how businesses are addressing climate change, in relation to CCU (carbon capture and utilisation), and how EU climate change strategy affects business practices. In May 2018 the Scientific Advice Mechanism published an Opinion (by the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors) and an Evidence Review Report (using expertise from Academies across Europe via SAPEA). The session will present the climate change mitigation potential and economic viability of CCU technologies, how these findings will inform future EU policy decisions in this field, but also the challenges.

Further information about the session and registration can be found on the ESOF website.

Find out more about the Scientific Advice Mechanism session at the Euro Science Open Forum 2018, organised jointly with SAPEA. 






Further information 

Find out more about the Scientific Advice Mechanism and the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors’ work on this topic. 




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