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Carbon Capture & Storage: The Path To Cleaner Energy And Prosperity For Texas

Carbon capture and storage, commonly referred to as CCS, is a process that captures and safely stores carbon dioxide (CO2) as a method to reduce carbon emissions. Large point sources, including power generation and industrial facilities, are good candidates for CCS technology.

Published : October 2023

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  • Texas has a long history of carbon storage and transportation. The Lone Star State has been transporting CO2 by pipeline since the 1970s, when the first CO2 gathering system was built in the Permian Basin, and is also home to the oldest CCS facility in the country.

  • As industries, like the power and industrial sectors, look to further reduce emissions across facilities, the use of CCS will not only help meet environmental goals but help support additional jobs. By deploying carbon capture across 95 facilities in the state, Texas could create up to 18,350 project jobs and 9,230 ongoing operations jobs.

  • Currently, Texas has three proposed CCS facilities which would provide additional storage of up to 30 million metric tons (mt) of CO2 per year - that's the equivalent of carbon sequestered from over 35 million acres of U.S. forests in one year!

  • Thanks to the state’s unique geological, regulatory, and business environment, Texas is and will continue to be a leader in CCS, supporting the growth and advancement of the industry.