SCIENCE ADVICE FOR POLICY
BY EUROPEAN ACADEMIES

Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies

Carbon capture and utilisation may be part of a circular economy scheme where carbon atoms are recycled and reused indefinitely over a long time scale. However, it is neither an indispensable element, nor is it sufficient to contribute significantly to mitigating the effects of climate change.

CCU technologies aim to extract carbon dioxide from either concentrated sources or directly from ambient air, and then use it as a raw material for carbon-containing products, such as fuels, chemical products, and building materials. The Evidence Review Report explores whether CCU technologies have the potential to contribute significantly to mitigating the effects of climate change and identifies a need for innovation in policy domains, and from systemic and technology perspectives.

The key conclusions of the SAPEA Evidence Review Report are:

Recommendations from the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

Other resources

Working group members

Professor
Fritz-Haber-Institute
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Professor
Spanish Research Council
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Professor
CIRCC, University of Bari
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Professor
University of Manchester
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Professor
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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Associate Researcher
CEA
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Professor
University of Messina
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Professor
University of Zagreb
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Cardiff University
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Professor
University of Oslo
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Research assistant
University of Zagreb
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Events

SAPEA at Science For Policy expert debate
SAPEA was presented at the expert panel debate Science for policy: a European perspective, organised by the Academia Europaea Cardiff Knowledge Hub at Swansea University (Wales) on 4 September 2018. 
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Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) event at ESOF in Toulouse, France - 11 July 2018
As part of the Euro Science Open Forum 2018, the Scientific Advice Mechanism presented its newly published Evidence Review Report and Scientific Opinion. This session has been jointly organised by SAPEA and the SAM unit on 11 July as part of the Science Programme.
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Conference on Carbon Capture and Utilisation Technologies in Ljubljana, Slovenia
The Slovenian Academy of Engineering in cooperation with the Slovenian Institute for Chemistry is organising a conference titled: Carbon Capture and Utilisation Technologies: Research and Climate Aspects. 
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Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
In this public symposium, speakers will discuss the (im)possibilities and opportunities offered by CO 2 reuse. This collaborative event between the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI) and SAPEA takes place at the public library of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The main language of the event will be Dutch.
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News

23 May 2018: SAPEA provides evidence for the European Commission on Carbon Capture and Utilisation technologies
SAPEA  has published its second Evidence Review Report titled Novel Carbon Capture and Utilisation Technologies: research and climate aspects. The report explores whether Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) technologies have the potential to contribute significantly to mitigating the effects of climate change.
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10 May 2018: Discussion of Carbon Capture and Utilisation Technologies in Slovenia
On 10 May 2018, the Slovenian Academy of Engineering in cooperation with the Slovenian Institute for Chemistry is organising a conference titled: Carbon Capture and Utilisation Technologies: Research and Climate Aspects. 
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02 May 2018: Carbon Capture and Utilisation Technologies to be discussed in Ljubljana, Slovenia
The Slovenian Academy of Engineering in cooperation with the Slovenian Institute for Chemistry is organising a conference titled: Carbon Capture and Utilisation Technologies: Research and Climate Aspects. 
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09 April 2018: SAPEA in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
In this public symposium, speakers discussed the opportunities offered by CO 2 reuse, in parallel with SAPEA's work on this topic, in the context of the Scientific Advice Mechanism.
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05 August 2017: New topic: Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies - research and climate aspects
SAPEA experts from across Europe are contributing their knowledge and expertise on this topic. This work follows a request by the College of Commissioners, led by Commissioner Cañete. The SAM High Level Group (HLG) have been asked to provide scientific advice based on existing research on the climate mitigation potential of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) technologies to inform future policy decisions including financial support. The HLG will deliver an opinion by the end of April 2018. The scoping paper for this topic is available to download from the Scientific Advice Mechanism website. Find out more about SAPEA’s work on carbon capture and utilisation technologies and other topics. 
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Media coverage

20 July 2022: Forbes
Una nueva red para los electrones ‘verdes’
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22 April 2022: Wikipedia
Direct air capture
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23 May 2019: Revolve
Biomass: the role of science and science-based policy-making
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04 December 2018: National Academy of technologies of France
Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies: research and climate aspects
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01 August 2018: Carbon Capture Journal
EU chief scientific advisors examine Carbon Capture and Utilisation
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24 May 2018: Sciences Switzerland
Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies: research and climate aspects
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24 May 2018: ALLEA
SAPEA provides evidence for the European Commission on Carbon Capture and Utilisation technologies
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30 March 2018: KNGMG
KNAW organiseert CO2: Grondstof van de toekomst
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