Carbon Capture Coalition Statement on Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing on Carbon Management Deployment
November 2, 2023 | News
The Carbon Capture Coalition (the Coalition) shared the following statement regarding the Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing today on “opportunities and challenges in deploying CCUS and DAC technologies on federal and non-federal lands.” Read the Statement for the Record submitted by the Coalition here.
The hearing included the announcement that CEQ and the Department of Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding to form two task forces on carbon management, which were endorsed by the Coalition. This statement may be attributed to Jessie Stolark, executive director of the Carbon Capture Coalition:
“The Carbon Capture Coalition welcomes the formal chartering of the two task forces whose members were announced earlier this year to improve the performance of the permitting process for carbon management projects on federal and non-federal lands. The Coalition has long supported these task forces and we’re pleased to see that they will now begin their work.
“Simply put, there is no time to waste in the responsible siting, permitting and operation of carbon management infrastructure nationwide. Significant deployment of carbon management technologies by 2030 is necessary, so that projects and infrastructure can deploy in timeframes consistent with meeting net zero emissions targets and climate goals by midcentury. Economywide deployment of carbon capture, removal, transport, reuse and storage technologies is an essential and available tool to help meet midcentury climate goals, strengthen and expand a high-wage jobs base, and support domestic manufacturing and energy production.
“It is imperative that the public and project host communities have confidence in the potential benefits provided by carbon management projects, including reducing CO2 and other air pollutants, as well as the safety and security of CO2 pipelines and permanent geologic storage. Deployment of the full suite of carbon management technologies must advance in the context of a strong and efficient regulatory regime, informed by both science and commercial experience. The task forces, co-led by the Council on Environmental Quality and the Department of Energy, will play an important role in advancing those objectives and we look forward to seeing the results of their work in the months ahead. Of specific interest to the Coalition will be recommendations from the Task Forces on ensuring an efficient permitting system and other key deployment issues.
“As noted earlier this year, both task forces include members from organizations in the Coalition, and we’re pleased to see the diverse, broad, bipartisan group of participants get to work now that these task forces have been formally chartered.”
The Carbon Capture Coalition is a nonpartisan collaboration of more than 100 companies, unions, conservation and environmental policy organizations, building federal policy support to enable economywide, commercial scale deployment of carbon management technologies. This includes carbon capture, removal, transport, reuse, and storage from industrial facilities, power plants, and ambient air. Members of the Coalition work together to advocate for the full portfolio of policies required to commercialize a domestic carbon management sector and inform policymakers as well as stakeholders on the essential role this suite of technologies must play in achieving these shared objectives.