Increased Representation of “Hard to Abate” Sectors in Carbon Capture Coalition Membership Signals Growing Urgency to Decarbonize Key Industries

April 21, 2022 | News

The following statement can be attributed to Jessie Stolark, the Public Policy & Member Relations Manager for the Carbon Capture Coalition:

“The Carbon Capture Coalition, a nonpartisan collaboration of companies, unions, and conservation and environmental organizations dedicated to advancing economywide, commercial-scale deployment of carbon management technologies and infrastructure, is pleased to announce that it has grown to more than 100 members. Since the beginning of 2021, the Coalition has added 20 organizations, including companies spanning the entire carbon management supply chain of carbon capture, removal, transport, utilization, and storage, as well as key labor and environmental stakeholders.

“Recently, the strongest growth in the Coalition’s membership has come from industrial sectors in which deployment of carbon management technologies is imperative for meeting midcentury climate goals – including aviation, cement and lime, steel and fertilizer. There has also been meaningful growth in the representation of direct air capture technologies in the Coalition, with AirCapture, Carbon Capture Inc., and Climeworks now members. This reflects the need to address emissions from industry and power generation, as well as to remove legacy emissions from the atmosphere to fulfill our climate obligations.

“The Coalition continues to add key industry sectors and leading companies and organizations to its membership, including: Holcim, the world’s largest producer of cement and aggregate; the American Iron and Steel institute, the U.S. association of steel producers; CF Industries, one of the largest producers of ammonia-based fertilizer; and United Airlines, a major U.S. airline.

“Combined, these companies and sectors provide some of the most fundamental building blocks for modern life, including building materials, fertilizer, transportation, and basic chemicals. We will continue to rely on these vital products and services for decades to come, yet they present unique challenges to realizing a decarbonized economy. Climate experts at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency agree that decarbonizing these industries is not possible without significant investment in the full carbon management value chain.

“These 20 new members bring increased sectoral diversity and representation to bear in achieving our Coalition’s shared goal of enacting a comprehensive portfolio of essential federal carbon management policies to help put us on track to meet net-zero emissions reduction targets. The recent evolution of the Coalition reflects growing recognition that a diverse mix of carbon capture, removal and utilization technologies and infrastructure is required to meet midcentury climate goals, strengthen and decarbonize domestic energy, industrial production and manufacturing, and retain and expand high-wage, family-sustaining jobs across the country.”