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Our Scientific Director Célia Julia Sapart was interviewed by Carbon Wire. Célia presented the findings of our recent report ‘The Contribution of Carbon Capture and Utilisation towards Climate Neutrality in Europe’, outlining a clear path for Carbon Capture and Utilisation’s (CCU) role in the defossilisation of hard-to-abate industries in Europe’s goal towards climateneutrality by 2050.

The interview explored CCU’s role in achieving climate neutrality through removing carbon from the atmosphere via Direct Air Capture (DAC), or via biogenic processes which can store carbon in products, or when carbon stays in a closed loop. By 2050, the report’s modelling exercise predicts that DAC will be the largest supplier of carbon (46%) followed by process emissions and biogenic sources (23% each). As for the usage, 55% of the captured carbon will be used as feedstock for fuels, chemicals and building materials while the rest will be stored underground.

Célia further discussed the development and quantification of CCU’s contribution to net zero, including the development of the 2050 Pathways Explorer in cooperation with CLIMACT, which models scenarios informing representative CCU pathways. In terms of sector-specific impacts, CCU solutions represent 8% of the EU’s total emission reduction and 21% of the technological effort to reach climate neutrality in the transport and industrial sectors. Further, CCU fuels for aviation, maritime and industries will become the largest users of captured carbon by 2050. For building materials, at least 76% of total ceramics production (99Mt) will be produced via CO₂ mineralisation and CCU has the potential to contribute about 70% to primary olefins production using renewable energy.

The interview concluded with thoughts on how CCU can shape policies, such as the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) and align global industries. The development of the Emissions Trading System (ETS) and CBAM reflects Europe’s commitment to mitigating carbon leakage and promoting sustainable practices. These policies show that Europe aims not only to curb emissions within its borders but also to set a precedent for global industries, with Célia stating: “CCU not only aids in direct emission reductions but also plays a strategic role in aligning global industrial practices with the EU’s green transition goals.”

Please read the full report here.

Please find the interview here.