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Carbon capture, utilization, and storage

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) involves capturing CO2 from facilities, including industrial or power applications, or directly from the atmosphere. Once the CO2 is captured, it is then compressed and transported to be permanently stored in geological formations underground (e.g. saline aquifers, oil reservoirs), or used to create products such as concrete and low-carbon synthetic fuels. Notably, CCUS technologies can deliver ‘negative emissions’ by removing CO2 from the air (direct-air-capture) or from biomass-based processes.

CCUS is crucial in the fight against climate change and in reaching net-zero emissions. It can:

  • capture CO2 emissions from combustion of fossil fuels
  • be leveraged to produce low-emission fuels including hydrogen
  • be used to achieve negative emissions in some configurations

Funding CCUS technology

We are investing $319 million over seven years, into research, development, and demonstrations to advance the commercial viability of CCUS technologies. These funds will bring together businesses, academia, non-profits, industry, and governments on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Carbon capture, utilization and storage - Expression of Interest closed. After review by an expert technical committee successful applicants were invited to submit full project proposals in November 2021.
To find out more, interested parties can visit:
Energy Innovation Program, CCUS FEED Studies Expression of Interest.

CCUS research projects
Explore CCUS projects at CanmetENERGY in Ottawa.
Current investments in CCUS
Projects supported out of the Office of Energy Research and Development can be found on our Current Investments page by selecting “Carbon capture, use and storage” under the technology area drop down filter.
Past projects and publications on CCUS
Find out more about past CCUS projects and publications.

Building a Canadian CCUS Strategy

CCUS will be a key player in Canada’s economic and environmental future as we strive to meet our net-zero by 2050 objective. That is why we are also developing a national CCUS strategy and looking for your input.

Read more about Canada’s CCUS Strategy

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