Carbon capture and storage in Houston
ExxonMobil is one of several companies that have expressed interest in advancing carbon capture and storage technology in the Houston industrial area.
Carbon capture technology is proven
What is the potential for CCS in Houston?ExxonMobil is one of several companies with operations in the greater Houston area that have expressed interest in capturing CO2 emissions from their petrochemical, manufacturing and power generation facilities. The CO2 would then be stored in natural geologic formations deep underground.
What opportunity does CCS present?CCS could enable the United States to safely capture and store hundreds of millions of metric tons of CO2 each year from industrial facilities that otherwise would go into the atmosphere. It’s one of the few proven technologies with the potential to significantly reduce emissions from manufacturing and heavy industry.
What are the potential environmental and economic benefits for Houston?In addition to creating thousands of new jobs, the city of Houston could become a leader in the transition to a lower-carbon energy future. With appropriate government, industry and community backing, the participating companies believe they could safely capture and permanently store about 50 million metric tons of CO2 annually by 2030 and double that by 2040, moving Houston toward its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.
Carbon capture and storage could help the city of Houston meet its climate leadership aspirations and achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
Fully implementing CCS in the Houston industrial area has the potential to capture and store:1. U.S. EPA greenhouse gas equivalences calculator.
2. Global CCS Institute. Data updated as of April 2020.
More than 7x the amount of carbon currently being captured across the U.S.2
100M metric tons of CO2 a year by 2040
Equal to the CO2 sequestered by ~120 million acres of forest1
1 in every 12
Equal to taking 1 in every 12 U.S. cars off the road1
What is needed to advance CCS technology?
CCS could enable the United States to safely capture and store hundreds of millions of metric tons of CO2 each year that otherwise would be released into the atmosphere.