Carbon sequestration

DEFINITION: The long-term capture and storage of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in carbon sinks such as oceans, forests or soils to mitigate global warming and avoid dangerous climate change. A classic example is the during the photosynthesis of trees and plants, which absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.

See also: Carbon capture and storage (CCS)

 

Related items

Pictured: Climeworks' 'Orca' plant in Iceland, described as the world's largest direct air capture facility

Stripe takes carbon removal investment commitment to $15m as LGT signs deal with ClimeWorks

Payment platform company Stripe has confirmed plans for an additional $6m of investment in carbon capture technologies, on top of $9m already committed, in the same week that finance firm LGT signed a deal with ClimeWorks.

Pictured: The existing 70MW battery system. Image: Sembcorp Energy

Europe's largest battery storage system planned for Teesside

Sembcorp Energy UK has today (14 December) unveiled plans to create a 360MW battery storage facility on Teesside, which would be largest system of its kind in Europe.

Pictured: Climeworks' 'Orca' DAC plant in Iceland

Boston Consulting Group and Square Inc turn to Climeworks for carbon capture

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and financial services firm Square have signed separate, multi-year contracts with carbon capture firm Climeworks to help deliver their respective net-zero targets.

Under the Ten Point Plan, the UK Government is planning to deliver 10 million tonnes of man-made carbon dioxide capture annually by the end of the decade.

UK Government opens £64m funding competition for carbon capture innovations

The UK Government has opened a new funding pot for innovators developing direct air capture (DAC) technologies and other greenhouse gas removal systems.

The CCC notes that there are “uncertainties” surrounding agriculture and greenhouse gas removals

CCC calls on Scottish ministers to outline steps to net-zero

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has noted the need for 'major changes across the Scottish economy' if it is to meet its ambitious net-zero target and interim 2030 target, with key concerns over transport and agriculture needing to be addressed.

Businesses, trade groups, individuals and others have until 20 December to have their say on the proposed extension

UK Government set to extend deadlines for non-domestic renewable heat scheme

UK businesses seeking the Government's support to decarbonise will likely have an extra year to apply to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), as a proposed extension to the scheme has been announced.

edie's long-standing weekly roundup returns post-COP26 with five of this week's positive news stories

Ford's EV ambition and Ocado's ClimeWorks partnership: The sustainable business success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainable business success stories of the week from across the globe.

Businesses had a key role at COP26, a role that is even more important now. Image: UNClimateChange

Glasgow Climate Pact: How can businesses keep 1.5C alive?

The UK Government wanted COP26 to keep the 1.5C trajectory of the Paris Agreement "alive" and the verdict is that it has, but just barely. But with some nations set to renegade on mechanisms included in COP26's Glasgow Climate Pact, it is clear that businesses need to become a unified driver of the net-zero movement.

The NIC released its last major assessment in 2018, before the UK legislated for net-zero by 2050

'Few quick wins or cheap fixes': NIC begins plotting delivery of net-zero UK energy systems

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has outlined plans for addressing some of the UK's major barriers to net-zero through to 2023, pledging an increased focus on low-carbon heating and scaling up hydrogen.

Technology focus areas will affect sectors including chemicals (pictured), steel, building materials, construction and transport

COP26: 23 nations commit to cleantech 'missions' on buildings, heavy industries, fuels, carbon capture

China, India, the UK, US and EU are among a cohort of 23 governments announcing new plans to catalyse cleantech investment today (9 November) at COP26 in Glasgow.

The strategy collects all previous climate commitments as well as building on them

At a glance: All the key announcements in the Net-Zero Strategy

The UK Government has finally published its Net-Zero Strategy, a comprehensive run-through of how the nation will decarbonise in a way that "transforms every sector of the global economy", although some green groups don't believe the steps outlined in the Strategy can mobilise action to deliver net-zero by 2050.

UNEP found that governments plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than what would be consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5C

Nations on course to breach Paris Agreement targets through rising fossil fuel production

The world is on course to produce around 110% more fossil fuels than what is compatible with a 1.5C future, according to a new UN report warning that governments plan to double fossil fuel production by 2030 despite setting net-zero targets.

The £12.bn will be spent under “energy-transformation investment guidelines” and will target renewable energy amongst other solutions

Mitsubishi Corporation to invest £12.6bn to reach net-zero emissions

Mitsubishi Corporation has established new emissions reduction targets that will see the company reach net-zero by 2050 through a £12.6bn investment into an array of low-carbon solutions.

The cement and concrete sector accounts for around 7% of annual global emissions 

Concrete commitment: Cement industry sets 2030 climate goals on road to net-zero by 2050

Some of the world's largest cement and concrete businesses have committed to reduce the emissions intensity of their products by up to 25% this decade, as the industry works towards a shared net-zero vision for 2050.

Innovations highlighted here could protect marine habitats, improve water access and accelerate electric vehicle adoption 

Coral-conserving bacteria and carbon capture tech: The best green innovations of September 2021

As September comes to a close, edie and our innovation partner Springwise have rounded up some of the best breakthrough technologies and carbon-cutting solutions which could accelerate climate action over the coming months and years.

Pictured: A carbon capture array. Image: Climeworks

$6.6trn investor coalition calls for massive investment in carbon removal solutions

An influential coalition of investors, representing $6.6trn in assets, is calling for a rapid scale-up of global investment into carbon removal solutions, to the extent that their capacity is more than ten times higher in 2050 than 2025.

The two landmark announcements are a timely boost going into COP26

US doubles climate finance to $11bn as China pledges an end to overseas coal support

With less than two months to go until COP26, the world's two largest emitters - China and the US - have both announced landmark agreements that look set to bolster climate finance availability and drastically reduce the pipeline for overseas coal projects.

The proposal will be tabled next year

EU plans certification scheme for carbon dioxide removals

The European Commission will publish a policy paper by the end of the year on "the sustainable management of the carbon cycle" - the first step towards an EU-wide certification scheme for negative emissions coming from agriculture, forestry and other sources, that will be tabled in 2022.

Image: Climeworks

Swiss Re turns to Climeworks' direct air CO2 capture to meet net-zero goal

Swiss Re has signed a ten-year agreement with carbon capture tech firm Climeworks, under which it is purchasing carbon removals from direct air capture (DAC) facilities and the associated carbon storage.

Image: Maersk

Maersk inks deal for low-carbon shipping fuel as Virgin Atlantic confirms support for direct air CO2 capture

Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk has inked a deal for 'green' e-methanol, while Virgin Atlantic has signed on to purchase carbon credits from a new direct air carbon capture facility.

The UK Government is targeting 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen generation by 2030 - a target it has called

What role will hydrogen play in the UK's net-zero transition?

After a string of delays and mounting pressure from green groups, the UK Government has finally unveiled the Hydrogen Strategy. But is hydrogen truly the green solution it's made out to be? And which sectors will benefit most, and when?

Hydrogen looks set to be a key enabler in the decarbonisation of heat, transport and heavy industry

5 ways the Hydrogen Strategy can help the UK's net-zero ambition

The UK Government has unveiled its long-awaited Hydrogen Strategy, outlining how a multi-billion-pound investment into the technology can reduce emissions and create jobs on the road to net-zero. Here, edie looks at five roles that hydrogen could play in delivering rapid decarbonisation.

Pictured: One of Shell's hydrogen production facilities. Image: Shell

Blue hydrogen could produce more emissions than burning natural gas, academic study finds

Scientists are warning that 'blue' hydrogen, which is produced by splitting natural gas and capturing process emissions, could generate 20% more emissions over its life-cycle than burning the natural gas in the first instance.

Pictured: A carbon capture array (left) and a mangrove forest (right). Image left: Carbon Clean Solutions

Nature-based solutions and carbon capture technologies: Do either have a role to play in the net-zero transition?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) major new report this week bore a stark warning: we may have to go beyond net-zero by 2050, globally, to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. It also raised questions about common approaches to 'netting' emissions - both nature-based and man-made.

Pictured: The site for the BP project. Image: BP

BP and ScottishPower report milestones for low-carbon hydrogen projects

BP has named a string of corporate buyers for its proposed blue hydrogen production facility in Teesside, while ScottishPower has published research outlining how a major green hydrogen production hub could be created by 2024.

More than 90% of metal produced in the world is steel, and the sector is accountable for around 9% of global emissions

Investors lay out expectations for steel sector to reach net-zero emissions

An initiative involving more than 500 investors representing $55trn in assets has outlined a set of priorities that it will engage in to help the global steel sector reach net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

Since 2010, Parker has reduced its energy intensity by 42% and greenhouse gas intensity by 50%

US firm Parker aims for carbon-neutral operations by 2040

US motions and controls firm Parker has unveiled plans to reach carbon neutrality across its operations by 2040, with fresh new carbon reduction targets set to be submitted to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The company will work with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to validate efforts to reach net-zero emissions

ArcelorMittal eyes $10bn investment to reduce emissions by 2030

Steel manufacturing giant ArcelorMittal has announced plans to reduce carbon emissions by 25% by 2030 as part of a wider net-zero ambition for 2050, with the new target set to be back by a $10bn investment into low-carbon and circular solutions.

edie summarises how the world can reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to BNEF

How the world can reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF has published its latest New Energy Outlook report, examining three progress pathways to reach net-zero globally by 2050. Here, edie summaries what will need to change to deliver this low-carbon trajectory.

The report features a host of recommendations to capture the benefits of CCUS in the UK

UK urged to level-up regions through CCUS supply chains

The trade body for the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry in the UK has noted that a successful rollout of the technology could create a thriving supply chain in the UK which would deliver job growth, provided enabling policies are introduced.

The industry's existing roadmap was targeting an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050

British Glass outlines net-zero roadmap for 2050

The businesses representing the UK's glass sector have outlined a new roadmap that will enable the industry to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Businesses believe the East Coast Cluster can capture, transport and store up to 27 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually by 2030

East Coast Cluster: Teesside and Humber gear up to host CCS technologies

Energy giants and businesses operating in Teesside and Humberside look set to collaborate on the deployment of carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) technology in a bid to create net-zero industrial clusters.

More than 50,000 jobs in carbon-intensive industries would also be safeguarded

UK's carbon capture and storage market could create 50,000 jobs

The UK could become an early mover in the global carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) market and create up to 50,000 jobs if new enabling policies are introduced.

A net-zero roadmap looks set to be launched at COP26

Cement industry plots path to net-zero through new global platform

Some of the world's largest cement and concrete businesses have joined a new collaborative platform aimed at transforming the sector to enable the delivery of carbon-neutral concrete by 2050.

Pictured: Drax's power plant in Selby, North Yorkshire

Stop subsidising Drax's biomass operations, UK's biggest green charities urge Government

Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and The Wildlife Trusts are among the coalition of green groups urging the UK Government to end subsidies for industrial-scale biomass projects, including Drax's power plant in North Yorkshire.

The sector has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 46% since 1990

UK's waste management sector targets net-zero emissions through £10bn infrastructure overhaul

The trade body representing the UK's resource and waste management industry has unveiled a sector-wide commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2040, through a £10bn investment into new recycling infrastructure and a focus on zero-emission vehicles.

Pictured: Equinor's chief executive and president Anders Opedal at the firm's recent Capital Markets Day event. Image: Equinor

Equinor plans 1.8GW of low-carbon hydrogen production in UK, tripling previous target

Energy major Equinor has outlined plans to deliver 1.8GW of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity in the UK by 2030, primarily through its work on the Zero Carbon Humber industrial cluster.

The official communique covers most parts of the green agenda, but with detail lacking

G7: What was (and wasn't) agreed by world leaders to combat the climate crisis

From "green Marshall Plans" and net-zero energy sectors to a lack of clarity on green spending and transport decarbonisation, edie rounds up what was and wasn't agreed at the G7 Summit.

95% of the kelp forest in the proposed project area has been lost since the 1980s, the councils claim

Carbon-sequestering kelp: Sussex councils team up for major natural capital project

Two West Sussex Councils have applied for permission to create a large 'undersea forest' of kelp - a project they claim will boost biodiversity while sequestering carbon emissions.

Drax first began capturing emissions from its biomass operations in Selby (pictured) in 2019

Drax announces ambition to host world's largest negative emissions project

Drax has signed a new deal with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on carbon capture technologies, which it claims will enable it to deliver the largest 'negative emissions' project in the world.

The innovations explored here could make sectors including heat, agriculture and plastics more sustainable

Domestic heat batteries and 'champagne' carbon capture: The best green innovations of May 2021

Every month, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best from May 2021.

Viridor is aiming to have the technology installed and running at its Runcorn site (pictured) by 2026

Viridor targets net-negative emissions by 2045 through carbon capture technology

Waste management firm Viridor has committed to becoming a net-zero emissions business by 2040 and to then move further by reaching net-negative emissions five years later.

The groups are also calling for nuclear to be included in national emission reduction plans

Nuclear industry warns that planned closures could derail global net-zero transition

Key groups representing the global nuclear industry have penned an open letter to world leaders warning that the proposed retirement of existing nuclear plants could derail the net-zero transition, calling for the technology to have the same access to climate finance as renewables.

Pictured: Ellesmere Port, one of the UK's industrial clusters planning to adopt innovative technologies to align with net-zero 

50,000 jobs by 2050: UK Government outlines plans to scale up carbon capture sector

According to a new paper from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the UK's carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) sector could scale rapidly to support 50,000 jobs by mid-century.

These innovations could help make sectors including shipping and energy more sustainable, and improve water access for those in need 

Captured carbon shipping fuel and heat-reflecting paint: The best green innovations of April 2021

Every month, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best from April 2021.

The new body could be supported by organisations like the Environment Agency and CCC, the report states

Accounting, offsetting and sequestering: UK urged to set up carbon regulator on road to net-zero

To ensure that emissions reductions are delivered in line with the Paris Agreement and forthcoming carbon budgets, and that the carbon offsetting and removal markets do not greenwash as they scale, the UK could set up a dedicated regulator.

Image: LanzaTech

Unilever launches first laundry capsule using captured carbon from heavy industry

After pledging to remove all virgin, fossil-based carbon from cleaning and laundry products by 2030, Unilever has successfully developed a laundry capsule using emissions captured from heavy industry.

The target will become enshrined in law by the end of June 2021

Sixth Carbon Budget: UK to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to legislate a new target to reduce national emissions by 78% by 2035, including emissions from international shipping and aviation, following the Climate Change Committee's advice on the Sixth Carbon Budget.

Green groups claim the decision is against efforts to champion climate action in the build up to COP26

'Outrageous hypocrisy': Government condemned over £16bn oil and gas sector 'bailout'

Green groups have expressed their anger at the Government's new £16bn sector deal that pledges to align the oil and gas sector with the national net-zero target, while also ending financing for overseas fossil fuel projects, with many frustrated by a refusal to end oil and gas licensing.

Pictured: The site for the BP project

New blue hydrogen and captured carbon storage projects unveiled for the UK

BP has announced plans to build the UK's largest blue hydrogen production facility in Teesside, while the Government has committed new funding for carbon storage infrastructure off Aberdeenshire.

The Government expects the strategy to deliver at least three megatons of captured carbon from industry by 2030

Government unveils new Industrial Strategy to spur decarbonisation and create green jobs

The UK Government has today (17 March) revamped the Industrial Strategy to align manufacturing and construction efforts to the national net-zero target, with more than £1bn to funnelled into industry, schools and hospitals.

Aluminium is a key material for sectors including electric vehicles, but is regarded as high-impact and hard-to-abate in terms of climate impact

Recycled materials and CCS: Aluminium industry plots pathways to net-zero

The association representing more than 60% of the world's aluminium production has published new climate pathways for the sector, outlining how recycled materials, electrification and emerging technologies could cut emissions at scale.

Money needs to be re-aligned in order to stimulate this demand

IRENA: Existing solutions can spur progress to net-zero

Global power sourced from renewables is set to treble by 2050, with wind, solar and hydrogen all required to account for 90% of all decarbonisation solutions to push the global economy towards the 1.5C pathway, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found.

The masterclass will be available to watch on-demand for those who have registered. Image: Carbon Trust

Now available on demand: edie's 45-minute masterclass on energy efficiency

edie's online masterclass on energy efficiency, featuring expert speakers from BEIS, Bam Nuttall and the Carbon Trust, is now available to watch on-demand. 

Anthesis' corporate clients include Amazon, Tesco and Cisco

Anthesis targets three gigatons of carbon mitigation and removal by 2030

Impact investor and consulting firm Anthesis is aiming to support projects that collectively avoid, reduce and remove three billion tonnes (three gigatons) of carbon by the end of the decade.

Pictured: Facilities engineers at one of Chevron's existing US gas projects

Microsoft and Chevron partner on bioenergy and carbon capture project

Oil and gas major Chevron is collaborating with Schlumberger's New Energy arm and Microsoft to develop a major bioenergy plant with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in California.

Coty is involved in dozens of the world's largest fragrance brands, including Calvin Klein. Gucci and Chloe. 

Coty partners with LanzaTech to use captured carbon in perfumes

US-based beauty giant Coty has forged a partnership with LanzaTech, whereby carbon captured using the firm's technology will be used to manufacture fragrance ingredients.

Drax first began capturing carbon from bioenergy processes in 2019 

Drax unveils plans to host UK's largest carbon capture project by 2027

Drax has begun the planning process for its proposals to scale up bioenergy with carbon capture (BECCS) arrays at its Yorkshire power plant.

Sunak will be hosting a press conference after the Budget speech on Wednesday. Image: HM Treasury 

Budget 2021: Businesses and charities make last-minute calls for green funding to Rishi Sunak

With the 2021 Budget being announced on Wednesday (3 March), Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing mounting pressure over the Green Homes Grant, National Nature Service and other green policy decisions.

Like many fossil fuel majors, Shell has significantly changed business plans in the wake of the IPCC's landmark report and, latterly, Covid-19

Shell reaches peak oil and emissions as it plots net-zero pathway

Shell has published an updated business strategy in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and its pledge to reach net-zero emissions, which confirms that 2019 will be its peak in terms of oil production.

CCS is viewed as a crucial technology in reaching net-zero emissions

ExxonMobil, LafargeHolcim and Elon Musk: The corporate giants placing their faith in CCS

Over the last couple of days, the world's largest cement manufacturer, one of the world's largest fossil fuel firms and the founder of the biggest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer have all unveiled strategic efforts to commercialise carbon capture and storage projects.

The CCC claims that the mine is projected to increase UK emissions by 0.4 million megatonnes of CO2e annually

Climate Change Committee calls for rethink on Cumbrian coal mine approval

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) is the latest organisation urging the UK Government to reconsider the planning approval for a new coal mine in Cumbria, warning that it will increase emissions and create a "negative impression" of UK green policy in the build-up to COP26.

Microsoft met and surpassed a target to secure the removal of one million metric tonnes of carbon

Microsoft turns to Climeworks to deliver carbon capture techology

Microsoft has turned to Climeworks' carbon dioxide removal technology as one of the key measures that will help with a mission to reach negative emissions by 2030 and remove the company's historic emissions by 2050.

The webinar is now available on-demand. Images (clockwise from top left): NHM, NHM, Adobe Stock and Carbon Clean

5 top tips for choosing onsite technologies on the road to net-zero

With businesses under pressure to minimise energy costs, improve resilience and accelerate decarbonisation, what role can onsite technologies and systems play? Here, edie rounds up best-practice advice from the business leaders on this vitally important topic.

The webinar features speakers from Costain Group, Ibstock Brick, the Natural History Museum and Carbon Clean

Now available on demand: edie's free webinar exploring onsite net-zero technologies

edie's latest webinar is now available to watch on-demand. Tune in to hear experts providing best-practice advice on investing in and integrating net-zero technologies to help assist with decarbonisation targets.

The companies are responsible for owning and operating the infrastructure that delivers gas to 85% of homes in Great Britain

Major gas grid companies team up to outline hydrogen deployment plans

Britain's five major gas grid companies have launched a major collaborative plan to create the UK's first hydrogen town by 2030 as well as creating a network of hydrogen refuelling stations for transport and helping to decarbonise industrial clusters.