As one of the most significant contributors of greenhouse gasses, China has revealed their plans to open eight carbon-capture facilities.
Located in the Shannxi Province, The Yanchang Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project will be the first facility built to reduce the countries carbon emissions in the country. With construction already underway, this structure will store approximately 400,000 to 800,000 tons of CO2 annually. This would have the same effect as removing 80,000 cars from use for a year.
Tony Zhang, senior adviser for Global CSS Institute, commented to the Digital Journal, “It’s one of eight large-scale CSS projects- in varying stages of evaluation and subject to approval- that China is considering.”
Carbon-Capture and Storage (CSS) technology has been recently introduced in the fight against greenhouse. Since solar and wind technology are unable to replace the burning of fossil fuels, CSS is proven to reduce CO2 emissions and is internationally recognized the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This technology works by pumping the captured carbon emissions into oil reservoirs to increase production or kilometers below the earth’s surface where is permanently sealed.
Already working towards a “greener” future, China is the world’s largest producer of solar energy. Furthermore, they have also made efforts replacing traditional automobiles with electric cars. Recently, the city of Beijing unveiled their plans on spending $1.3 billion on 70,000 taxis that run on electricity.
Although CSS plants are proven to be effective in the fight against CO2 emissions, it may be too costly for other countries.