EFI Insights: Accelerating carbon removal in California

EFI Senior Analyst Anne Canavati spoke at the Berkeley Center for Law, Energy & the Environment for a conversation on law and policy solutions to accelerate engineered carbon removal in California. She was joined by fellow speakers: Uduak-Joe Ntuk (California Department of Conservation) and Keith Pronske (Clean Energy Systems).

Canavati highlighted key findings from EFI’s Action Plan for Carbon Capture and Storage in California and the necessary steps needed to ensure CCS plays a significant role in California’s future. “There is growing consensus internationally that carbon removal and carbon capture is critical for the net-zero future,” said Canavati. The study concluded that CCS offers a clean technology pathway for rapidly reducing emissions from economically vital sectors that have few other options to decarbonize.

Since the release of EFI’s California study, there has been growing interest in engineered carbon removal, CCS, and its role for California’s net zero future. In the midst of the COVID pandemic, there are a number of economic benefits in carbon capture, such as unlocking new, potentially multi-billion-dollar clean energy industries and creating new jobs along the way.

-Claudia Prandoni

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