Updated: Oct 21, 2020
The role of carbon capture and storage
Reducing carbon emissions requires driving innovation in all energy sectors, not just nuclear power generation. If Canada is to achieve its target of net-zero emissions by 2050, we will have to apply our knowledge, technologies and ingenuity to finding solutions to the most difficult energy challenges. That includes mastering carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies and processes, which capture CO2 emitted by industry so they can be sequestered underground or turned into useful products.
Making Canada a global leader in carbon capture, utilization and storage does not remove the need to take major steps to decarbonize our economy in other areas, from improving overall energy efficiency to expanding our use of clean energy sources such as nuclear power.
The following paper from the Public Policy Forum’s Energy Futures Forum lays out the case for policies that support development of carbon capture, utilization and storage in Canada, a position backed by the Nuclear Innovation Institute.