New Positive Energy study offers roadmap for carbon capture

Posted on Monday, March 22, 2021

New Positive Energy study offers roadmap for carbon capture



A new study from the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program offers a roadmap for governments, industry leaders and stakeholders to realize the potential of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) as a climate solution. The study, authored by Dr. Patricia Larkin, Professor Stephen Bird, and Professor Monica Gattinger, is now available on the Positive Energy website.

The study offers a timely examination of the barriers and risks for CCUS decision-making in Canada. These “risk issues” range from polarization and public confidence to the fundamental question of what constitutes “clean technology”. The study takes an in-depth look at these issues and offers concrete recommendations for policymakers, industry leaders, and stakeholders.

The authors’ recommendations include developing a national vision for CCUS, implementing stable, coherent climate policies underpinned by carbon pricing, expanding the focus of CCUS application in hard-to-abate sectors like heavy industry, increasing knowledge sharing and demonstrations in international markets, and using transparent engagement processes for community-level projects.

“The story of carbon capture in Canada is a story of untapped potential. Building on Canadian experience over the past 20 years, we really do need a national vision for the technology, along with coherent climate policies and federal-provincial collaboration to realize its potential.” - Dr. Patricia Larkin, Senior Research Associate, Positive Energy

‘’Canada has been a global leader in carbon capture, utilization and storage but runs the risk of losing its leadership position in this critical climate mitigation path. Our study shows that we can do much more by managing risks to public confidence at both the policy and project levels.”

- Dr. Stephen Bird, Associate Professor of Political Science at Clarkson University and Positive Energy Faculty Affiliate

“Trust is vital to successfully charting Canada’s energy future in an age of climate change. To build public confidence in carbon capture as a climate solution, governments and industry need to be transparent and effectively communicate its potential across a range of economic sectors.” - Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy, Director, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, and Full Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

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