Implementing Carbon Capture and Storage
To store quantities of carbon dioxide in Alberta's geological formations rather than releasing it into the atmosphere.
Projected Reductions - 139 Megatonnes per year by 2050
Carbon capture and storage is an investment in our environment. It provides tremendous opportunity for our province to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously retaining our ability to produce and provide energy to the world in a responsible manner.
The Alberta government has made one of the largest commitments to carbon capture and storage technology in the world - $2 billion will be invested into demonstration projects that will begin commercializing the technology on the scale needed to be successful in Alberta.
What is Carbon Capture and Storage?
Carbon capture and storage is a process that captures carbon dioxide emissions before they are emitted from the stack and stores them permanently in geological formations deep inside the Earth. Since carbon dioxide contributes to greenhouse gas emissions - most from producing and using fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) as well as electricity - carbon capture and storage has tremendous potential to reduce emissions from Alberta's industries.
Is it Safe?
Carbon capture and storage is safe. Alberta's geology is ideal for the injection and long-term, secure storage of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide will be separated from other emissions, dehydrated, compressed and transported by pipeline to a storage site. It will then be injected one to two kilometers deep into porous rock formations ? the same formations that have stored oil and natural gas safely for millions of years. The sites will be sealed and monitored by experts to ensure there is no impact on public safety or the environment.
For more information on carbon capture and storage, including how the $2 billion fund will be invested, visit the Alberta Energy website.