Carbon capture and utilisation

Working group members

Robert Schlögl
Chair
Professor
Fritz-Haber-Institute
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Marco Mazzotti
Co-chair
Professor
ETH Zürich
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Carlos Abanades
Professor
Spanish Research Council
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Michele Aresta
Professor
CIRCC, University of Bari
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Adisa Azapagic
Professor
University of Manchester
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Edd Anders Blekkan
Professor
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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Thibault Cantat
Associate Researcher
CEA
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Gabriele Centi
Professor
University of Messina
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Neven Duic
Professor
University of Zagreb
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Aïcha El Khamlichi
Graham Hutchings
Professor
Cardiff University
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Unni Olsbye
Professor
University of Oslo
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Hrvoje Mikulcic
invited member
Research assistant
University of Zagreb
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Carbon capture and utilisation may be part of a circular economy scheme where carbon atoms are recycled and reused indefinitely over a long time scale. However, it is neither an indispensable element, nor is it sufficient to contribute significantly to mitigating the effects of climate change.

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 Evidence Review Report explores whether CCU technologies have the potential to contribute significantly to mitigating the effects of climate change and identifies a need for innovation in policy domains, and from systemic and technology perspectives.

What the report says

  • Measures, regulations and incentives should be used to examine the energy system (including CCU) in a holistic, integrated, coordinated and transparent manner.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Debate and impact

Academic impactMedia coverageEvents
SAPEA event in Slovenia
Presenters explored the circumstances in which the capture and utilisation of CO2 for the production of fuels, chemicals and materials can bring climate benefits, and their overall potential to mitigate climate change in the medium and long term.

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SAPEA event in the Netherlands
Speakers discussed the opportunities offered by CO 2 reuse with the general public.

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ESOF
As part of the Euro Science Open Forum 2018, SAPEA and SAM unit presented the report and the Scientific Opinion.

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EU Biomass Conference and Exhibition
A session on “Carbon Capture and Utilisation – Climate aspects, Technological status and Prospects for developments” was organized as a parallel event in the 27th EUBCE conference organized in Lisbon, a meeting gathering researchers and stakeholders from the biomass and bioenergy sectors.

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Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies in Romania
SAPEA report was presented to more than 70 participants, including representatives of four National Research Institutes.

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