Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas that comes from burning fossil fuels. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) ensures that carbon emissions are captured and used for other processes or safely injected and stored in deep underground geologic formations. CCUS is internationally recognized as a necessary pathway to reduce emissions from existing energy systems, and will help Alberta transition to a low-carbon future.
Alberta has one of the best and abundant geological formations to safely store emissions. Over a decade ago, the province established one of the first legislative and regulatory frameworks to set the foundation for developing CCUS. To date, the province has invested or committed nearly $1.8 billion to support CCUS-related projects and programs.
Demand for CCUS technology is increasing around the world. Alberta is well-positioned to capitalize on emerging opportunities and reduce emissions in industries across the province.
Alberta has been using carbon storage on a commercial scale since 2015, and is a global leader.
Research shows that CCUS is safe and effective, and Alberta’s government is committed to safely advancing this technology.
Alberta has processes in place to develop carbon storage hubs.
Alberta is helping fund and support CCUS-related projects and programs.
Hydrogen and CCUS
A grant is planned to attract hydrogen investment in CCUS facilities up to 12% of eligible operational costs will be returned to developers.
- used underground reservoirs since the 1950s
- invested in CCUS since 2008
- established the first regulatory and risk management framework for CCUS in Canada
- committed to best-in-class environmental, social and governance standards
Two commercial-scale projects are reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 2.76 million tonnes annually:
- Quest Project
- Alberta Carbon Trunk Line Project
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