Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS)
To achieve the Paris Agreement’s target of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5ºC, we must make the earliest possible transition to a decarbonized society.
In June 2019, the Government of Japan released its “Long-term Strategy under the Paris Agreement (LTS)” with an emphasis on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) as a means of addressing climate change.
As the term implies, CCUS is a set of technologies to “capture,” “utilize” and “store” or “use” carbon dioxide (CO2) in exhaust emissions arising from fossil fuel consumption at power plants and facilities.
This position paper takes a look at CCUS, assesses technical issues, obstacles to practical use and questions about its effectiveness, and challenges Japan’s position on CCUS.