A briefing hosted by CalChamber highlights the importance and urgency of carbon capture and storage.

California is facing ambitious carbon neutrality goals by 2045, and it is becoming increasingly clear that these goals cannot be met without innovative bridge technologies like carbon capture and storage (CCS). In a letter to the Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Governor Gavin Newsom agreed with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that “there is no path to carbon neutrality without carbon capture and sequestration.” This sentiment was echoed by a panel of experts at a recent policy briefing co-sponsored by the California Carbon Partnership and the Bay Area Council.

The panel, which included representatives from CARB, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Stanford Center for Carbon Storage, and Clean Air Task Force, discussed the role of CCS in helping California meet its climate goals. They emphasized that while CCS may be a newer technology in California, it has a long track record of success in other states and around the world.

Recognizing the critical importance of CCS in California’s climate journey, the CalChamber formed the California Carbon Partnership, a diverse coalition dedicated to advocating and educating for the immediate and swift deployment of CCS. The partnership recently hosted a policy briefing and roundtable dinner discussion with lawmakers and representatives from member companies.

Matthew Botill, representing CARB on the panel, highlighted the complementary nature of CCS with other low-carbon technologies and renewable energy resources in reducing carbon emissions for local communities. He also emphasized that CCS is a proven technology and a huge opportunity for California to lead in climate mitigation approaches.

The panelists also discussed the global recognition of CCS as a viable technology for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the European Commission, and the United Nations all acknowledging its potential. The California Air Resources Board’s Scoping Plan, A Roadmap to Achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2045, also recognizes CCS as “an essential tool” in meeting the state’s climate goals.

In conclusion, CCS is a safe and proven technology that is ready to be adopted in California. As the state looks ahead to its ambitious carbon neutrality goals, it is clear that CCS will play a crucial role in achieving them. The California Carbon Partnership is committed to advocating for the swift deployment of CCS and ensuring that California remains a leader in climate mitigation efforts. 

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